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[krash-wur-th ee-nis] /ˈkræʃˌwɜr ði nɪs/
the ability of a car or other vehicle to withstand a collision or crash with minimal bodily injury to its occupants.
Origin of crashworthiness
1945-50; crash1 + -worthy + -ness
Related forms
crashworthy, adjective Unabridged
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  • That's why it's important that the crashworthiness designs of smaller cars be as good as possible.
  • The lack of data provides scarce data to judge the efficacy of crashworthiness design efforts.
  • Any changes that may adversely influence the crashworthiness of the device will require a new acceptance letter.
  • Our acceptance is limited to the crashworthiness characteristics of the devices.
British Dictionary definitions for crashworthiness


the ability of a vehicle structure to withstand a crash
Derived Forms
crashworthy, adjective
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