Definition of fatal in English:


Syllabification: fa·tal
Pronunciation: /ˈfādl


1Causing death: a fatal accident
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  • But we know they are carrying a deadly parasite which has proved fatal to two species.
  • The result would be fatal to most motorists as vehicles are likely to be damaged.
  • This protects the foliage from cold and wind damage as even the walk between shop and car can be fatal to tender plants.
1.1Leading to failure or disaster: there were three fatal flaws in the strategy
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  • However, a couple of fatal flaws in an otherwise solid defence proved costly.
  • It's a fatal flaw in what otherwise has the makings of an entertainingly quirky show.
  • However, when I'd finished the process I discovered a fatal flaw in the new software.


late Middle English (in the senses 'destined by fate' and 'ominous'): from Old French, from Latin fatalis, from fatum (see fate).



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  • This is as fatally dangerous as saying that nothing can be done about the character of globalization.
  • Without a doubt, if it had hit us we would have been seriously injured, if not fatally injured.
  • I, along with many others rushed outside to discover that two police officers had been fatally shot and wounded.

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