What do you call a target that is not necessarily intentional? For example, if a missile hits a hospital, what do you call it? If I said, 'Targets included a hospital', it would suggest that the military did it on purpose. What is a broader synonym for 'target'?

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Collateral damage,

injury inflicted on something other than an intended target

  • What do you call a single object that was hit (whether intentionally or not)? Sep 16, 2020 at 3:11
  • @SergeyZolotarev There is no upper or lower limit aside from what is inherent to the particular weapon.
    – StephenS
    Sep 16, 2020 at 4:52
  • 'Collateral damage' is NOT what I'm looking for. Please reread the question Sep 16, 2020 at 14:22

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