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fatal

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adjective fa·tal \ˈfā-təl\

Simple Definition of fatal

  • : causing death

  • : causing ruin or failure

Full Definition of fatal

  1. 1 obsolete :  fated

  2. 2 :  fateful <a fatal hour>

  3. 3 a :  of or relating to fate b :  resembling fate in proceeding according to a fixed sequence c :  determining one's fate

  4. 4 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

Synonym Discussion of fatal

deadly, mortal, fatal, lethal mean causing or capable of causing death. deadly applies to an established or very likely cause of death <a deadly disease>. mortal implies that death has occurred or is inevitable <a mortal wound>. fatal stresses the inevitability of what has in fact resulted in death or destruction <fatal consequences>. lethal applies to something that is bound to cause death or exists for the destruction of life <lethal gas>.

Rhymes with fatal


FATAL Defined for Kids

fatal

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adjective fa·tal \ˈfā-təl\

Definition of fatal

  1. 1 :  causing death :  mortal <fatal injuries>

  2. 2 :  causing ruin or failure <a fatal mistake>

fa·tal·ly adverb



Medical Dictionary

fatal

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adjective fa·tal \ˈfāt-əl\

Medical Definition of fatal

  1. :  causing death <a fatal diabetic coma—Havelock Ellis>

  2. fa·tal·ly \ˈfāt-əl-ē\play adverb





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