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suicidal

[soo-uh-sahyd-l] /ˌsu əˈsaɪd l/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, involving, or suggesting suicide.
2.
tending or leading to suicide.
3.
foolishly or rashly dangerous:
He drives at a suicidal speed.
Origin of suicidal
1770-1780
First recorded in 1770-80; suicide + -al1
Related forms
suicidally, adverb
pseudosuicidal, adjective
unsuicidal, adjective
unsuicidally, adverb
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  • This was the feeling which forbad him to retreat from his suicidal purpose.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope
  • Do not rail against the designs of Providence; it would be suicidal.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • It would be suicidal for the two men now to attempt to do anything to free them.

    The Cave of Gold

    Everett McNeil
  • Exposure, wet feet, were as suicidal in her condition as poison, he had told her.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

    Caroline Lockhart
  • I found Tony, the suicidal Greek, steering this morning when I came on deck.

British Dictionary definitions for suicidal

suicidal

/ˌsuːɪˈsaɪdəl; ˌsjuː-/
adjective
1.
involving, indicating, or tending towards suicide
2.
liable to result in suicide: a suicidal attempt
3.
liable to destroy one's own interests or prospects; dangerously rash
Derived Forms
suicidally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for suicidal
adj.

1777, from suicide + -al (1). Related: Suicidally.

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suicidal in Medicine

suicidal su·i·cid·al (sōō'ĭ-sīd'l)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to suicide.

  2. Likely to attempt suicide.


su'i·cid'al·ly adv.
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