an unintentional fire, from which any resulting loss can be claimed as an insurance liability (opposed to ).
[hos-tl or, esp. British, -tahyl] /ˈhɒs tl or, esp. British, -taɪl/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of an enemy: a hostile nation. 2. opposed in feeling, action, or character; antagonistic: hostile criticism. 3. characterized by antagonism. 4. not friendly, warm, or generous; not hospitable. noun 5. a person or thing that is antagonistic […]
noun, Business. 1. a takeover that is not approved by the management of the corporation being acquired or that is accomplished through the secret purchase of stock.
- Hostile witness
noun 1. a witness who gives evidence against the party calling him
[ho-stil-i-tee] /hɒˈstɪl ɪ ti/ noun, plural hostilities. 1. a hostile state, condition, or attitude; enmity; antagonism; unfriendliness. 2. a hostile act. 3. opposition or resistance to an idea, plan, project, etc. 4. hostilities. /hɒˈstɪlɪtɪ/ noun (pl) -ties 1. enmity or antagonism 2. an act expressing enmity or opposition 3. (pl) fighting; warfare n. early 15c., […]