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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Police found an armed suicidal man in a Clinton Township park after shutting down the area to conduct a seven-hour search involving three law enforcement agencies, authorities said. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Armed man found in Clinton Twp. park after 7-hour search," 3 July 2019 The program trains mental health professionals in treating people at risk of suicide and develops services to build resiliency in younger people before suicidal thoughts take root. Globe Staff,, "Suicides soar among teenagers, Harvard study says," 18 June 2019 But the new research appears to be in line with earlier reports of a concerning rise in self-harm and suicidal thoughts among America’s youth. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "The Kids Are Not All Right: Brainstorm Health," 18 June 2019 Less than two years ago Fury weighed 400 pounds, tested positive for cocaine and had suicidal thoughts while dealing with depression. Arash Markazi,, "Tyson Fury stops Tom Schwarz late in the second round to remain undefeated," 15 June 2019 Since the tweet exploded Tynes has reportedly experienced suicidal thoughts, severe anxiety and death threats, according to The Post. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Writer Sues After Losing Book Deal For Shaming Transit Worker On Twitter," 10 June 2019 The inspiring service backed by the royals will see volunteers (supported by clinical professionals) on hand to reply to texts from people suffering from mental health issues such as suicidal thoughts, abuse, bullying or relationship problems. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Royal Fab Four Have Reunited for Their First Joint Project Since Splitting Households," 10 May 2019 Another ended early after participants had adverse effects such as trouble sleeping and suicidal thoughts, as well as no improvement in symptoms, despite lower beta-amyloid levels. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: A Roller Coaster Year for Alzheimer's Treatment," 1 Jan. 2019 Since finding secret agents for these near-suicidal missions proved unsurprisingly difficult, SOE had to cast its net wide. Sonia Purnell, WSJ, "Five Best: Sonia Purnell on the Allied Resistance," 17 May 2019

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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 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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