fatal meaning

[ 'feitl ] Pronunciation:   "fatal" in a sentence
Adjective: fatal  feytl
  1. Bringing death 
  2. Having momentous consequences; of decisive importance
    "the fatal day of the election finally arrived"
    - fateful 
  3. (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
    "such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory"; "it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it"
    - black, calamitous, disastrous, fateful 
  4. Controlled or decreed by fate; predetermined
    "a fatal series of events"
    - fateful

See also: deadly, deathly, decisive, fatality, fatally, inevitable, lethal, mortal, terminal, unfortunate

Antonym: nonfatal

Encyclopedia: Fatal

adj : causing death ‹a fatal diabetic coma —Havelock Ellis› — fa·tal·ly adv

<programming> Resulting in termination of the program.


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  1. he has a fatal belief in the power of money.
  2. for him it was a fatal inaction.
  3. from whence they went to the fatal tree.
  4. is there any organic trouble which is fatal?
  5. these complications may have a fatal outcome.

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