the killing of civilians in a military attack.
any damage incidental to an activity.
Irreparable vs. UnrepairableThe words irreparable and unrepairable are synonyms that mean unable to be fixed. Both irreparable and unrepairable are adjectives (words that modify nouns by describing an aspect of them). Irreparable was first used between the late 1300s to early 1400s. It’s a Middle English word derived from the Latin term, irreparabilis, meaning not able to be recovered. Unrepairable is a related form of the verb …
What Do Hurricane Category Numbers Mean?Part of the drama of hurricane season revolves around the predicting and changing of the severity – or category – of the storm. What category will the hurricane be when it hits land? What kind of damage might it inflict? Hurricane categories There are a few classification scales that meteorological agencies use to determine the intensity of hurricanes. The Saffir-Simpson scale is used to measure the strength …
- collateral artery,
- collateral circulation,
- collateral fissure,
- collateral hyperemia,
- collateral inheritance,
- collateral ligament,
- collateral sulcus
Origin of collateral damage
First recorded in 1985–90
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military unintentional damage to civil property and civilian casualties, caused by military operations
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by 1873 in legal cases; in modern use, generally a euphemism for "the coincidental killing of civilians," U.S. coinage, c.1968, at first generally with reference to nuclear weapons.
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