Deadly weapon

Definition - Noun
: an object whose purpose is to cause death or that when used as an instrument of offense is capable of causing death or sometimes serious bodily harm
compare dangerous weapon
An unloaded firearm has been generally held to be a deadly weapon. Although usu. distinct, the terms deadly weapon and dangerous weapon are sometimes used interchangeably.

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