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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As the investigations progress and with the promising results obtained, management by the release of tolerant wheat genotypes may be a more self-reliant and holistic approach to eliminate or maintain total insect pest populations below acceptable damage levels.
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.
"[And] excess deaths should...be seen as the tip of the iceberg among damages to occur among under five-year-olds in Iraq in the 1990s....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....To the degree that economic sanctions complicate access to and utilization of essential goods, sanctions regulations should be modified immediately."