[ UK /fˈe‍ɪtə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˈfeɪtəɫ/ ]
  1. controlled or decreed by fate; predetermined
    a fatal series of events
  2. (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
    a calamitous defeat
    a fateful error
    such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory
    the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign
    the stock market crashed on Black Friday
    it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it
  3. having momentous consequences; of decisive importance
    the fatal day of the election finally arrived
    that fateful meeting of the U.N. when...it declared war on North Korea
  4. bringing death
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How To Use fatal In A Sentence

  • In the closet scene, Hamlet mistook her father for the king, and he fatally stabbed him.
  • Sudden ruptures of the artery can lead to fatal blood loss or severe brain damage.
  • Vehicles cannot gain sufficient momentum to cause a fatal accident. Times, Sunday Times
  • Risky - and often fatal - backstreet abortions continue to be the only alternative for some.
  • One worker would have suffered fatal burns had he not worn a protective chemical suit which was not routine for repair work.
  • whatsit", and then Dr Watson may decide that dumpreg. exe is itself unresponsive so it launches further instance (s) of dumpreg. exe to report the failure (s) of the previous instance (s), and the system suffers a fatal embrace and hardly ever looks at the mouse and keyboard to see me hammering away in desperation. DonationCoder.com Forum
  • A distraction may cause it to wander off into the road, with fatal consequences.
  • Apart from the two fatalities, there have been two serious injury accidents and four minor collisions.
  • The report reveals fatal flaws in security at the airport.
  • Protective pads and headgear would be encouraged to reduce the amount of fatalities right off the bat.
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