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the killing of civilians in a military attack.
any damage incidental to an activity.
(military) unintentional damage to civil property and civilian casualties, caused by military operations

unintentional harm to persons or property as the result of military action

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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