Definition of fatal
1 obsolete : fated
2 : fateful a fatal hour
3a : of or relating to fate … this science sets a fatal necessity on things … — H. O. Taylorb : resembling fate in proceeding according to a fixed sequencec : determining one's fate the fatal flaw in this dazzling woman: a total lack of taste — Marya Mannes
4a : causing death a fatal crash a fatal disease a fatal woundb : bringing ruin a fatal attraction to gamblingc : causing failure a fatal design flaw Lack of sufficient support was fatal to his campaign.
Examples of fatal in a Sentence
a disease that is often fatal
a chemical that can be fatal to birds
She made a fatal mistake.
Recent Examples of fatal from the Web
The new measures are a response to the fatal shooting of two Israeli policemen, which closed the Temple Mount compound for the first time in decades.
The two victims of Sunday's early morning fatal crash on Herr Lane have been identified by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office.
Lake County Sheriff's Department spokesman Mark Back said Sunday that Charles E. Bayne, 21, has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Cody Klotz, 27, also of Lowell.
But like anything else, fandoms aren’t exempt from having a dark side — and the fatal flaw in question seems to be social media drama, drama, drama.
In an unrelated killing, Driskell is indicted for murder in the fatal shooting of 41-year-old Kendrick Lamar Fuqua on Oct. 27, 2016.
In Tulsa, Waldon faced a murder charge in connection with the March 2015 fatal shooting of a 37-year-old man outside a sports bar, court records show.
Twelve hours later, Kansas City, Kan., police responded to another fatal shooting, this one outside a laundromat in the 4800 block of Parallel Parkway.
A man charged in a fatal Hoover crash pleaded guilty to several charges, including manslaughter, Friday morning.
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Origin and Etymology of fatal
Middle English, from Latin fatalis, from fatum fate
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of fatal
FATAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fatal for English Language Learners
: causing death
: causing ruin or failure
FATAL Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of fatal
1 : causing failure of a legal claim or cause of action a fatal defect in the proceedings — W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel
2 : making something (as a contract) invalid or unenforceable there is a fatal indefiniteness with the result that the agreement is void — J. D. Calamari and J. M. Perillo
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