adjective \ˈfā-təl\

: causing death

: causing ruin or failure

Full Definition of FATAL

obsolete :  fated
:  fateful <a fatal hour>
a :  of or relating to fate
b :  resembling fate in proceeding according to a fixed sequence
c :  determining one's fate
a :  causing death
b :  bringing ruin <a fatal attraction to gambling>
c :  causing failure <a fatal design flaw>

Examples of FATAL

  1. a disease that is often fatal
  2. a chemical that can be fatal to birds
  3. She made a fatal mistake.

Origin of FATAL

Middle English, from Latin fatalis, from fatum fate
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with FATAL


adjective \ˈfāt-əl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FATAL

: causing death <a fatal diabetic coma—Havelock Ellis>
fa·tal·ly \ˈfāt-əl-ē\ adverb


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