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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A death resulting from an accident or a disaster: highway fatalities.
  • n. One that is killed as a result of such an occurrence: The driver was one of the fatalities.
  • n. The ability to cause death or disaster.
  • n. The quality of being determined by fate.
  • n. A decree made by fate; destiny.
  • n. The quality of being doomed to disaster.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being fatal, or proceeding from destiny; invincible necessity, superior to, and independent of, free and rational control.
  • n. The state of being fatal; tendency to destruction or danger, as if by decree of fate; mortality.
  • n. That which is decreed by fate or which is fatal; a fatal event.
  • n. A death.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being fatal, or proceeding from destiny; invincible necessity, superior to, and independent of, free and rational control.
  • n. The state of being fatal; tendency to destruction or danger, as if by decree of fate; mortaility.
  • n. That which is decreed by fate or which is fatal; a fatal event.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being fatal; fatalness: as, the fatality of an event.
  • n. A fixed, unalterably predetermined course of things, independent of any controlling cause; a doom which inevitably must be, whatever forces may oppose it; an invincible necessity existing in things themselves.
  • n. Tendency to destruction or danger, or to some hazardous, critical, or fatal event; mortality; deadliness.
  • n. A fatal occurrence: as, nothing could avert the fatality.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a death resulting from an accident or a disaster
  • n. the quality of being able to cause death or fatal disasters

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