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English definition of “suicidal”


adjective (DEATH)    /ˌsuː.ɪˈsaɪ.dəl/
People who are suicidal want to kill themselves or are in a mental state in which it is likely that they will try to do so: Pete was so depressed after his girlfriend left him that I actually thought he was suicidal.Feeling sad and unhappy describes behaviour that is likely to result in death: He took some suicidal risks.Dangers and threats suicidally     /-i/ adverb Feeling sad and unhappyDangers and threats
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