the killing of civilians in a military attack.
any damage incidental to an activity.
TAKE ROUND 2 OF OUR PSAT VOCABULARY QUIZ!
Here is our second set of teacher-selected PSAT vocabulary words. Do you know the meanings of these terms?
Question 1 of 10
Origin of collateral damage
First recorded in 1985–90
Words nearby collateral damage
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British Dictionary definitions for collateral damage
military unintentional damage to civil property and civilian casualties, caused by military operations
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