[ feyt-l ]
/ ˈfeɪt l /
causing or capable of causing death; mortal; deadly: a fatal accident; a fatal dose of poison.
causing destruction, misfortune, ruin, or failure: The withdrawal of funds was fatal to the project.
decisively important; fateful: The fatal day finally arrived.
proceeding from or decreed by fate; inevitable: a fatal series of events.
influencing or concerned with fate; fatalistic.
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SYNONYMS FOR fatal
1 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 ruinous, disastrous, calamitous, catastrophic, devastating.
4 predestined, foreordained.
ANTONYMS FOR fatal
OTHER WORDS FROM fatal
fa·tal·ness, nounnon·fa·tal, adjectivenon·fa·tal·ly, adverbnon·fa·tal·ness, noun
qua·si-fa·tal, adjectivequa·si-fa·tal·ly, adverb
Words nearby fatal
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Example sentences from the Web for nonfatal
Apoplexy may be termed a general paralysis, and in nonfatal attacks is a frequent cause of the various forms of palsy.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse|United States Department of Agriculture
British Dictionary definitions for nonfatal (1 of 2)
/ (ˌnɒnˈfeɪtəl) /
not resulting in or capable of causing death
British Dictionary definitions for nonfatal (2 of 2)
/ (ˈfeɪtəl) /
resulting in or capable of causing deatha fatal accident
bringing ruin; disastrous
decisively important; fateful
decreed by fate; destined; inevitable
Word Origin for fatal
C14: from Old French fatal or Latin fātālis, from fātum, see fate
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Medical definitions for nonfatal
[ fāt′l ]
Causing or capable of causing death.
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