suicidal

adjective

sui·​cid·​al ˌsü-ə-ˈsī-dᵊl How to pronounce suicidal (audio)
1
a
: dangerous especially to life
b
: destructive to one's own interests
2
: relating to or of the nature of suicide
3
: marked by an impulse to commit suicide
suicidally adverb

Examples of suicidal in a Sentence

psychiatrists working with suicidal patients He knows that supporting a tax increase would be politically suicidal.

Word History

First Known Use

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of suicidal was in 1768

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Cite this Entry

“Suicidal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suicidal. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

suicidal

adjective
sui·​cid·​al ˌsü-ə-ˈsīd-ᵊl How to pronounce suicidal (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or tending to cause suicide
suicidal tendencies
2
: marked by an impulse to end one's own life
suicidal patients
suicidally adverb
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