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[feyt-l-ee] /ˈfeɪt l i/
in a manner leading to death or disaster:
He was injured fatally in the accident.
by a decree of fate or destiny; by inevitable predetermination.
Origin of fatally
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see fatal, -ly Unabridged
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  • Cloning an animal is a complex process that can go fatally wrong at any stage.
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  • It may simply be that they are loathe to publish fatally flawed papers.
  • The concept looked promising, but it turned out to be fatally flawed.
  • Gallium nitride had long been written off as fatally flawed.
  • But he has become a focus of discontent about a government widely seen as fatally compromised by corruption.
  • Their premature entry could fatally weaken the euro.
  • Smokers are addicted so their decision-making is fatally impaired.
British Dictionary definitions for fatally


resulting in death or disaster: fatally wounded in battle
as decreed by fate; inevitably
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fatally

1570s, "predestined," from fatal + -ly (2). Meaning "in a deadly manner" is from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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