- 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.
- Obsolete. doomed.
- Obsolete. prophetic.
Origin of fatal
Synonyms for fatal
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Examples from the Web for nonfatal
Contemporary Examples of nonfatal
More than 8,000 white Americans had to be treated for nonfatal gun injuries in 2008.Gun Violence Isn't a Racial Problem
January 15, 2013
Historical Examples of 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
- not resulting in or capable of causing death
- resulting in or capable of causing deatha fatal accident
- bringing ruin; disastrous
- decisively important; fateful
- decreed by fate; destined; inevitable
Word Origin for fatal
late 14c., "decreed by fate," from Middle French fatal (14c.) and directly from Latin fatalis "ordained by fate," from fatum (see fate (n.)); sense of "causing death" is early 15c.
- Causing or capable of causing death.