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fatality

[fey-tal-i-tee, fuh-] /feɪˈtæl ɪ ti, fə-/
noun, plural fatalities.
1.
a disaster resulting in death.
2.
a death resulting from such an occurrence:
a rise in highway fatalities.
3.
the quality of causing death or disaster; a fatal influence; deadliness.
4.
predetermined liability to disaster, misfortune, etc.:
a fatality for saying the wrong thing.
5.
the quality of being predetermined by or subject to fate:
There is a fatality in human affairs that leads to destruction.
6.
the fate or destiny of a person or thing:
Death is the ultimate fatality of all human beings.
7.
a fixed, unalterably predetermined course of things; inevitability:
to resign oneself to the fatality of life.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; < Late Latin fātālitās. See fatal, -ity
Related forms
nonfatality, noun, plural nonfatalities.
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Examples for fatalities
  • US fatalities down, possibly due to economic downturn.
  • Per capita, the state has the highest incidence of lightning fatalities in the nation.
  • US fatalities down, possibly due to economic downturn.
  • Lightning strikes, flash floods, and helicopter crashes cause some of these fatalities.
  • fatalities from box jellies are in decline, thanks to public awareness.
  • Nintendo censored the game, removing the blood and fatalities.
  • Traffic fatalities are on the rise, and air pollution threatens to choke remaining pockets of green space.
  • But its use in humans has been hampered by safety concerns, including some fatalities in clinical trials.
  • fatalities can result via direct toxicity or via excess immune response to the toxin release.
  • In my county of residence there have been four count em four, two in one incident, human fatalities in the last decade.
British Dictionary definitions for fatalities

fatality

/fəˈtælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
an accident or disaster resulting in death
2.
a person killed in an accident or disaster
3.
the power of causing death or disaster; deadliness
4.
the quality or condition of being fated
5.
something caused or dictated by fate
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Word Origin and History for fatalities

fatality

n.

late 15c., "quality of causing death," from French fatalité, from Late Latin fatalitatem (nominative fatalitas), from Latin fatalis (see fatal). Senses in 16c.-17c. included "determined by fate" and "a destiny." Meaning "an occurrence resulting in widespread death" is from 1840. Related: Fatalities.

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fatalities in Medicine

fatality fa·tal·i·ty (fā-tāl'ĭ-tē, fə-)
n.

  1. A death resulting from an accident or a disaster.

  2. One that is killed as a result of such an occurrence.

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