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- n. the fact of something being lethal; the ability of something to kill
- n. the rate of death of organisms exposed to something
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being lethal; mortality.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being lethal; deadliness.
- n. Mortality.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being deadly
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As you pointed out, the extra lethality is not required!
While I have no issue with a hunter using his 7mm Magnum or even his .300 Magnum (of whatever type) to take his deer, I believe there is no difference in lethality between those rounds and a well-aimed accurate handloaded 7x57 Mauser (with any of the bullets and powder load mentioned above) out to 300+ yards on a heart-lung shot.
If you run a bullet or an arrow through the chest of any animal and it goes through both lungs or the heart, there is zero difference in lethality!
"Most any rifle or shotgun will outperform a bow in lethality by an extremely large margin in my opinion",
Most any rifle or shotgun will outperform a bow in lethality by an extremely large margin in my opinion, thus I have given up bowhunting for good and will stick to my guns.
Yet the magnitude of death in both epidemics has made typhus a plausible explanation because its potential lethality is as great as smallpox, measles, or plague, any of which would have been easily recognized at this time.
Bullet lethality is roughly made up of two things: penetration and radius.
Military historian Trevor Dupuy has drawn up an index to provide a rough measure of "lethality" - or killing power - of weapons through human history.
No other -- no other disease has had that kind of lethality before.
No other disease has had that kind of lethality before.