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fataladjective

uk   /ˈfeɪ.təl/  us   /ˈfeɪ.t̬əl/
B2 A fatal illness, accident, etc. causes death: This illness is fatal in almost all cases. the fatal shooting of an unarmed 15-year-old
B2 very serious and having an important bad effect in the future: He made the fatal mistake/error of believing what they told him. It just shows how you should never say how well things are going for you - it's fatal (= it causes bad things to happen).

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fatally
adverb uk   /ˈfeɪ.təl.i/  us   /ˈfeɪ.t̬əl.i/
Several people were injured, two fatally (= they died as a result).
(Definition of fatal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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fataladjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈfeɪ·t̬əl/
(of illness, accidents, etc.) causing death: a fatal heart attack
Fatal can also mean severe enough to produce a very bad result: a fatal mistake/flaw
fatally
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˈfeɪ·t̬əl·i/
Several people were injured, two fatally.
(Definition of fatal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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