• IPA: /ˈfeɪtəl/
    • (General American) IPA: [ˈfeɪ.ɾɫ̩]

fatal (not comparable)

  1. Proceeding from, or appointed by, fate or destiny.
  2. Foreboding death or great disaster.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
      Such a scandal as the prosecution of a brother for forgery—with a verdict of guilty—is a most truly horrible, deplorable, fatal thing. It takes the respectability out of a family perhaps at a critical moment, when the family is just assuming the robes of respectability: […] it is a black spot which all the soaps ever advertised could never wash off.
  3. Causing death or destruction.
    a fatal wound; a fatal disease; that fatal day; a fatal mistake
  4. (computing) Causing a sudden end to the running of a program.
    a fatal error; a fatal exception
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fatal (plural fatals)

  1. A fatality; an event that leads to death.
    • 1969, United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education, Hearings (page 90)
      For this same period there have been four fatals and 44 nonfatals in gassy mines.
    • 1999, Flying Magazine (volume 126, number 4, April 1999, page 15)
      The best accident rate in general aviation is in corporate/executive flying at 0.17 per 100000 hours for fatals and .50 for total accidents.
  2. (computing) A fatal error; a failure that causes a program to terminate.

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