Definitions

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

  • adj. Vitally affecting subsequent events; being of great consequence; momentous: a fateful decision to counterattack.
  • adj. Controlled by or as if by fate; predetermined.
  • adj. Bringing death or disaster; fatal.
  • adj. Ominously prophetic; portentous: a fateful sign.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Momentous, significant, setting or sealing ones fate.
  • adj. Determined in advance by fate, fated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the power of serving or accomplishing fate.
  • adj. Significant of fate; ominous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Charged with fate; determining what is to happen: as, he opened the fateful missive; a fateful contest.
  • Having the power to kill; producing fatal results: as, “the fateful steel,”

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

  • adj. (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
  • adj. controlled or decreed by fate; predetermined
  • adj. having momentous consequences; of decisive importance
  • adj. ominously prophetic

Etymologies

fate +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

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