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lethal

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adjective le·thal \ˈlē-thəl\

Simple Definition of lethal

  • : causing or able to cause death

Full Definition of lethal

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or causing death <death by lethal injection> b :  capable of causing death <lethal chemicals>

  2. 2 :  gravely damaging or destructive :  devastating <a lethal attack on his reputation>

  3. 3 :  very potent or effective <a lethal fastball>; also :  having a high alcohol content <a lethal rum punch>

le·thal·i·ty play \lē-ˈtha-lə-tē\ noun
le·thal·ly play \ˈlē-thə-lē\ adverb

Examples of lethal

  1. a potentially lethal dose of a drug

  2. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection.



Origin of lethal

Latin letalis, lethalis, from letum death


First Known Use: circa 1604

Synonym Discussion of lethal

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>.

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lethal

noun le·thal

Definition of lethal

  1. 1 :  an abnormality of genetic origin causing the death of the organism possessing it

  2. 2 :  lethal gene



1917

First Known Use of lethal

1917



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