A casualty in military usage is a person in military service, who becomes unavailable for duty due to death or injury. It also includes illness, capture, desertion, etc.; or a civilian casualty.
In civilian usage the word "casualty" is properly used for a person who is killed, wounded or injured by some event. It is usually used to describe multiple deaths and injuries due to violent incidents or disasters. Casualties is sometimes loosely used to mean fatalities, but non-fatal injuries are also casualties.
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- ↑ Dictionary of Military Terms, ed. Richard Bowyer (Teddington, Middlesex: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999), p. 32
- ↑ Counting Civilian Casualties: An Introduction to Recording and Estimating Nonmilitary Deaths in Conflict, eds. Taylor B. Seybolt; Jay D. Aronson; Baruch Fischhoff (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), p. 57
- ↑ Richard Feldman, Transportation Expressions (1996) (United States; Bureau of Transportation Statistics 1996-06-01), p. 133