acceptable damage

acceptable damage

Destruction or casualties that are considered reasonable because they happen in the context of a war or military attack. Many would argue that even one lost life should not be considered acceptable damage. The general considered the destruction of the tanks to be acceptable damage since his soldiers returned from the mission alive and uninjured.
See also: acceptable, damage

acceptable damage

 and acceptable losses
Euph. casualties or destruction inflicted by an enemy that is considered minor or tolerable. At present, the enemy's first-strike capability would produce acceptable damage. The general indicated that the fifty thousand casualties were within the range of acceptable losses.
See also: acceptable, damage
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Absentee bidders can request an auctioneer to provide a condition report, but as always, opinions about acceptable damage, colours, glazes, patination and so on are subjective and can differ between individuals.
The low valuation of agricultural production by the insurance companies and the small number of acceptable damages in the list of insurance is the most frequent reasons why farmers do not decide to make this move and use the government support," experts say.
However, Alsup has told Oracle to use $100 million as a starting point for determining damages, and has said he won't name a trial date until Oracle provides an acceptable damages report.
Second, pointing out that this determination did not end the analysis, the court moved to the difficult step of determining reasonable expectation or undue oppression, which more specifically consists of deciding "whether the clause is [intended] to force performance rather than estimate acceptable damages, whether damages were difficult to fix, and whether the liquidated damages approximated actual damages.
The humanitarian disaster which has occurred in Iraq far exceeds what may be any reasonable level of acceptable damages according to the principles of discrimination and proportionality used in warfare.