fateful

[feyt-fuhl]
adjective
1.
having momentous significance or consequences; decisively important; portentous: a fateful meeting between the leaders of the two countries.
2.
fatal, deadly, or disastrous.
3.
controlled or determined by destiny; inexorable.
4.
prophetic; ominous.

Origin:
1705–15; fate + -ful

fatefully, adverb
fatefulness, noun

fatal, fateful, fetal (see synonym study at fatal).


1, 4. See ominous.
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fateful (ˈfeɪtfʊl)
 
adj
1.  having important consequences; decisively important
2.  bringing death or disaster
3.  controlled by or as if by fate
4.  prophetic
 
'fatefully
 
adv
 
'fatefulness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

fateful
1710s, "prophetic," from fate + -ful. Meaning "of momentous consequences" is from c.1800. Related: Fatefully.
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Example sentences
Hundreds went to see her barrel, on display in a big hotel lobby for ten days
  before her fateful ride.
After his fateful presentation, similar conferences stopped inviting him to
  speak.
We didn't know it then, but that fateful decision gave us a career in music.
It forged a unique and fateful partnership with its host, eventually becoming
  the mitochondria of today.
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