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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
fa•tal /ˈfeɪtəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. causing or capable of causing death;
    mortal;
    deadly:a fatal accident; a fatal disease.
  2. causing destruction, misfortune, or ruin;
    disastrous:a fatal decision that ruined our hopes.
  3. decisively important;
    fateful:The fatal day was near.
fa•tal•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
fa•tal  (fātl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. causing or capable of causing death;
    mortal;
    deadly:a fatal accident; a fatal dose of poison.
  2. causing destruction, misfortune, ruin, or failure:The withdrawal of funds was fatal to the project.
  3. decisively important;
    fateful:The fatal day finally arrived.
  4. proceeding from or decreed by fate;
    inevitable:a fatal series of events.
  5. influencing or concerned with fate;
    fatalistic.
  6. [Obs.]doomed.
  7. [Obs.]prophetic.
fatal•ness, n. 
  • Latin fātālis of fate. See fate, -al1
  • Old French)
  • Middle English ( 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Fatal, deadly, lethal, mortal apply to something that has caused or is capable of causing death.
      Fatal may refer to either the future or the past;
      in either case, it emphasizes inevitability and the inescapable--the disastrous, whether death or dire misfortune:The accident was fatal. Such a mistake would be fatal.Deadly looks to the future, and suggests that which is likely to cause death (though not inevitably so):a deadly poison, disease.Like
      deadly, lethal looks to the future but, like many other words of Latin origin, suggests a more technical usage:a lethal dose; a gas that is lethal.Mortal looks to the past and refers to death that has actually occurred:He received a mortal wound. The disease proved to be mortal.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ruinous, disastrous, calamitous, catastrophic, devastating.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged predestined, foreordained.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged life-giving.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

fatal /ˈfeɪtəl/ adj
  1. resulting in or capable of causing death: a fatal accident
  2. bringing ruin; disastrous
  3. decisively important; fateful
  4. decreed by fate; destined; inevitable
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French fatal or Latin fātālis, from fātum, see fate



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