sui·cid·al | \ˌsü-ə-ˈsī-dᵊl \

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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But suicidal charges are less advised for political parties. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Dick Durbin’s Supreme Sacrifice," 9 July 2018 Accessory drive belts seldom jump off in a suicidal fit. Bob Weber,, "Drive belts don't just fall off in the rain," 7 July 2018 Griffin sings in the original) to describe a suicidal teenager. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles Talks Covering Patty Griffin's 'Tony' & Making Country Music LGBTQ-Inclusive," 5 July 2018 Jacqueline Wright plays a suicidal woman who forms an emotional bond with a violent home invader in this perverse psychological thriller based on her stage play. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Eat Me': Film Review," 5 July 2018 Deputies arrived at the scene, responding to reports of a man with a gun who was possibly suicidal, reported The Orange County Register. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Christina El Moussa Gets Heartbreakingly Honest About Her Divorce From Tarek," 2 July 2018 As a member of ESU, Detective Guerrero has to prepare for any scenario, including suicidal jumpers. CBS News, "Profiles in Service: Meet the NYPD's only female counter-sniper," 2 July 2018 The findings show that students who became involved with Active Minds were more likely to reach out to a classmate or friend struggling with a mental health issue, including mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, and even suicidal ideation. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Mental Health Resources on College Campuses Are Essential, Survey Shows," 27 June 2018 Police said Parker is missing from her home after making verbal suicidal threats. Sarah Brookbank,, "Police: Critical missing Hartwell woman made suicidal threats," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of suicidal

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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


sui·cid·al | \ˌsü-ə-ˈsīd-ᵊl \

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 \ adverb

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