suicidal

adjective
sui·​cid·​al | \ ˌsü-ə-ˈsī-dᵊl How to pronounce suicidal (audio) \

Definition of suicidal

1a : 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

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Other Words from suicidal

suicidally adverb

Examples of suicidal in a Sentence

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

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Both fathers were bankers (although Mr. Banks is not a drunk) and both mothers were frivolous (although Mrs. Banks is not suicidal). Rose Minutaglio, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Surprising Real-Life Inspiration for Mary Poppins," 16 Nov. 2018 Gary is afraid of commitment and recovering from cancer, Rome is depressed and suicidal, and Eddie's an alcoholic who wants to leave his wife, Katherine (Grace Park), who's too good for him anyway. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "If You Like This Is Us, Then You'll Love A Million Little Things," 26 Sep. 2018 He was known to have weapons and was possibly suicidal, Cleveland police Det. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com, "Woman found dead, man in custody after Cleveland SWAT standoff," 16 Jan. 2018 Trigger Warning: This piece is one writer's experience with depression and ADHD and includes mentions of suicidal ideation. Kayleigh Roberts, Allure, "Why Women With ADHD Like Me Get Diagnosed So Late in Adulthood," 25 Oct. 2018 Some show signs of major depression, which can lead to suicidal ideation or attempts. Arian Campo-flores And Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "After Immigrant Families Are Reunited, Scars of Separation Remain," 15 July 2018 Helping establish relationships between students and faculty can also serve as a preventive measure with regard to suicidal ideation, violence, bullying, etc. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Suicide: How schools should approach the subject with students," 8 June 2018 Lewinsky proceeded to receive unending harassment from government officials and the public alike for decades and had suicidal ideations. refinery29.com, "After His Comments On #MeToo, 2018 Should Be The Year We Cancel Bill Clinton," 5 June 2018 O’Connor reportedly entered a treatment facility following McGraw’s recommendation, but later criticized the center for allegedly not providing adequate care to patients with suicidal ideation. Maggie Serota, Billboard, "Sinead O'Connor Announces New U.S. Concert Dates," 24 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of suicidal

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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suicidal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of suicidal

: wanting to kill yourself : showing a desire to kill yourself
: extremely dangerous : likely to cause your death : likely to cause great harm to yourself

suicidal

adjective
sui·​cid·​al | \ ˌsü-ə-ˈsīd-ᵊl How to pronounce suicidal (audio) \

Medical Definition of suicidal

1 : of, relating to, or tending to cause suicide suicidal tendencies
2 : marked by an impulse to commit suicide suicidal patients

Other Words from suicidal

suicidally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce suicidally (audio) \ adverb

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