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adjective fatal pronunciation in American English /ˈfeɪt(ə)l/
  1. 1
    causing someone to die
    a fatal accident/injury/disease etc.: a fatal road accident
    prove fatal (=cause death): In the nineteenth century childbirth often proved fatal.
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  2. 2
    with very serious negative effects
    prove fatal (=destroy something): The recession has proved fatal to many businesses.
    a fatal blow: The sudden resignations dealt a fatal blow to the society.
    a fatal mistake/error: I made the fatal mistake of falling in love with him.
    fatal flaw (=serious fault): Yesterday’s report highlighted fatal flaws in the system.

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