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Definition of loss:

  1. Destruction or diminution of value, if brought about in a manner provided for in the insurance contract ( as destruction by fire or wreck, damage by water or smoke), or the death or injury of an insured person; also, the sum paid or payable therefor; as, the losses of the company this year amount to a million of dollars.
  2. Failure to gain or win; as, loss of a race or battle.
  3. Failure to use advantageously; as, loss of time.
  4. Killed, wounded, and captured persons, or captured property.
  5. That which is lost or from which one has parted; waste; - opposed to gain or increase; as, the loss of liquor by leakage was considerable.
  6. The act of losing; failure; destruction; privation; as, the loss of property; loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation.
  7. The state of being lost or destroyed; especially, the wreck or foundering of a ship or other vessel.
  8. The state of losing or having lost; the privation, defect, misfortune, harm, etc., which ensues from losing.


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