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English definition of “terminal”

terminal

adjective (EXTREME)    /ˈtɜː.mɪ.nəl/ US  /ˈtɝː-/
extreme , when referring to something unpleasant or negative : He has nothing to do all day and is suffering from terminal boredom . She claims that the shipbuilding industry is in terminal decline .Serious and severeSevere terminally     /-nə.li/ adverb a terminally ill child Disease and illness - general wordsDeath and dying
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