[ lee-thuh l ]
/ ˈli θəl /
of, relating to, or causing death; deadly; fatal: a lethal weapon; a lethal dose.
made or carried out to cause death: a lethal chamber; a lethal attack.
causing great harm or destruction: The disclosures were lethal to his candidacy.
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Origin of lethal
1575–85; < Latin lētālis, equivalent to lēt(um) death + -ālis -al1; spelling (hence pronunciation) with -h- by association with Greek lḗthē oblivion
SYNONYMS FOR lethal
1 See fatal.
OTHER WORDS FROM lethal
le·thal·i·ty, le·thal·ness, nounle·thal·ly, adverbhy·per·le·thal, adjectivenon·le·thal, adjective
non·le·thal·ly, adverbsem·i·le·thal, adjective
Words nearby lethal
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Example sentences from the Web for nonlethal
But drones can be used for nonlethal means as well, such as this project to protect rhinos from poachers in India.
About half of $1.4 billion in promised U.S. nonlethal aid, like helicopters, has been delivered.2012 Will Be a Decisive Year in Mexico’s Deadly Drug War|Larry Kaplow|January 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for nonlethal (1 of 2)
/ (nɒnˈliːθəl) /
not resulting in or capable of causing death
British Dictionary definitions for nonlethal (2 of 2)
/ (ˈliːθəl) /
able to cause or causing death
of or suggestive of death
Derived forms of lethallethality (liːˈθælɪtɪ), nounlethally, adverb
Word Origin for lethal
C16: from Latin lēthālis, from lētum death
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Medical definitions for nonlethal
[ lē′thəl ]
Capable of causing death.
Of, relating to, or causing death.
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