What does fatal mean?

Definitions for fatal
ˈfeɪt lfa·tal

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word fatal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fataladjective

    bringing death

  2. fateful, fataladjective

    having momentous consequences; of decisive importance

    "that fateful meeting of the U.N. when...it declared war on North Korea"- Saturday Rev; "the fatal day of the election finally arrived"

  3. black, calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fatefuladjective

    (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin

    "the stock market crashed on Black Friday"; "a calamitous defeat"; "the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign"; "such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory"- Charles Darwin; "it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it"- Douglas MacArthur; "a fateful error"

  4. fatal, fatefuladjective

    controlled or decreed by fate; predetermined

    "a fatal series of events"


  1. fatalnoun

    A fatality; an event that leads to death.

  2. fatalnoun

    A fatal error; a failure that causes a program to terminate.

  3. fataladjective

    Proceeding from, or appointed by, fate or destiny.

  4. fataladjective

    Foreboding death or great disaster.

  5. fataladjective

    Causing death or destruction

  6. fataladjective

    Causing a sudden end to a program.

  7. Etymology: From fatalis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FATALadjective

    Etymology: fatalis, Latin; fatal, French.

    O fatal maid! thy marriage is endow’d
    With Phrygian, Latian, and Rutilian blood. John Dryden, Æn.

    A palsy in the brain is most dangerous; when it seizeth the heart, or organs of breathing, fatal. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

    Others delude their trouble by a graver way of reasoning, that these things are fatal and necessary, it being in vain to be troubled at that which we cannot help. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    It was fatal to the king to fight for his money; and though he avoided to fight with enemies abroad, yet he was still enforced to fight for it with rebels at home. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Fatal course
    Had circled his full orb. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. v.

    It was
    Still fatal to stout Hudibras,
    In all his feats of arms, when least
    He dreamt of it, to prosper best. Hudibras, p. i. cant. 3.

    Behold the destin’d place of your abodes;
    For thus Anchises prophecy’d of old,
    And this our fatal place of rest foretold. John Dryden, Æn. b. vii.

    O race divine!
    For beauty still is fatal to the line. Dryden.


  1. fatal

    F.A.T.A.L., an acronym of Fantasy Adventure to Adult Lechery (first edition) or From Another Time Another Land (second edition), is a dark fantasy tabletop role-playing game first published in 2002 by Fatal Games. F.A.T.A.L. is known for its graphic violent and sexual content, as well as the complexity of the underlying game system, involving higher-level mathematics and an unusual amount of randomization in character development. It acquired a strongly negative reputation in the tabletop roleplaying community, being universally panned and described as one of the most controversial games ever released. It is particularly known as the subject of a 2003 review published on RPGnet by Darren MacLennan and Jason Sartin, which described it as "the Necronomicon of role-playing games", in addition to "fundamentally broken in its attitude towards sexuality" and characterized by "bitter misogyny".


  1. fatal

    Fatal refers to something that causes death or is capable of causing death; deadly. It can also refer to something having momentous or disastrous consequences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fataladjective

    proceeding from, or appointed by, fate or destiny; necessary; inevitable

  2. Fataladjective

    foreboding death or great disaster

  3. Fataladjective

    causing death or destruction; deadly; mortal; destructive; calamitous; as, a fatal wound; a fatal disease; a fatal day; a fatal error

  4. Etymology: [L. fatalis, fr. fatum: cf. F. fatal. See Fate.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FATAL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fatal is ranked #96368 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fatal surname appeared 189 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Fatal.

    79.8% or 151 total occurrences were Black.
    15.3% or 29 total occurrences were White.
    3.1% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fatal' in Adjectives Frequency: #815

Anagrams for fatal »

  1. A-flat

  2. aflat

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fatal in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fatal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of fatal in a Sentence

  1. London Breed:

    This legislation is part of our work to bring down the number of fatal overdoses and tackle the challenges driven by fentanyl head on, we will continue to work with our non-profits partners who are trying to open overdose prevention sites, fully implement our health strategies to help those struggling with addiction in our streets, and work with law enforcement to close the open-air drug markets.

  2. Emily Brooke:

    It tackles the most common cause of fatality, which is the blind spot. According to Emily Brooke, 79 percent of bicycles involved in crashes are traveling straight ahead when a vehicle turns into them. Emily Brooke said Emily Brooke chose the 20-foot distance because it's half the length of a bus, and Emily Brooke wanted the laser image to be green because the human eye is most sensitive to green light. TINY, LENS-FREE CAMERA COULD HIDE IN CLOTHES, GLASSES Drivers just see it and all they need to do is not turn, not react, not turn into the cyclist or not pull out, people see it and go, ‘ What is that ? ’ And that's perfect, as long as they don't make that turn, which can be potentially fatal …. Emily Brooke said The Laserlight alerts not only drivers, but pedestrians, too, about oncoming bikes. One of the most obvious cases.

  3. Vanessa Ceja-Cervantes:

    On average, there about 12 fatalities in the park per year, but a small percentage of those are from fatal falls, the causes of those deaths range from heat, to drowning, to medical issues and more. High elevation plays a role in some of the fatalities.

  4. Blake White:

    Increased speeds lead to more fatal and injury crashes, when speed increases, the severity of the crash is exponentially worse.

  5. Jeff Adachi:

    Based on what we see in this video, it does not look like the officers who fired the fatal shots were in immediate danger of being killed and that there were other alternatives that could have been taken.

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