having momentous significance or consequences; decisively important; portentous: a fateful meeting between the leaders of the two countries.
fatal, deadly, or disastrous.
controlled or determined by destiny; inexorable.
- fate·ful·ly, adverb
- fate·ful·ness, noun
- fatal, fateful
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How to use fateful in a sentence
In that fateful October speech, Ma spoke out against regulations that he believed were stifling innovation, comparing the incumbent banking system to pawnshops.
A respected lab scientist made a fateful decision to use a process that risked contamination, saw signs of trouble, but sent the tests to public health labs anyway.
Huxley’s fateful inclination was to view human beings as he would any other species.The Human Error Darwin Inspired - Issue 90: Something Green | Aaron Hirsh | September 30, 2020 | Nautilus
In both inquiries, Huxley’s fateful inclination was to view human beings as he would any other species.The Human Error Darwin Inspired - Issue 90: Something Green | Aaron Hirsh | September 30, 2020 | Nautilus
Such an immunodeficiency is barely detectable unless the person comes into contact with the fateful microbe.Our Genes May Explain Severity of COVID-19 and Other Infections | Monique Brouillette | July 27, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Is it possible that her bad experience with her adult student fatefully colored her perceptions of her interaction with Kopin?Exclusive: Brown University Student Speaks Out on What It’s Like to Be Accused of Rape | Cathy Young | June 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Fatefully, Wilson did not insist that American business stay neutral in deed.A Noble Failure: Woodrow Wilson’s Presidency Considered | Michael Kazin | September 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Perhaps most fatefully, gone was any explicit pledge to formalize the agreement as a binding treaty next year.
But Pandit had many enablers for this fatefully wrong-headed decision: his board of directors.
They were inside that desolated house, the door closed fatefully upon them.Bunker Bean | Harry Leon Wilson
The iron latch rattled, the door swung fatefully back, our heads were raised, our eyes bored her through and through.The Boss of Little Arcady | Harry Leon Wilson
Shefford related the incident which had occurred at Red Lake and that now seemed again to come forward fatefully.The Rainbow Trail | Zane Grey
Rufus continued heavily, fatefully, gathering force with every word, as a loosened rock beginning to roll down a mountain side.The Tidal Wave and Other Stories | Ethel May Dell
In a fatefully unlucky moment he began to try to be an elephant, and thenceforward happiness forsook him.
British Dictionary definitions for fateful
having important consequences; decisively important
bringing death or disaster
controlled by or as if by fate
- fatefully, adverb
- fatefulness, noun
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