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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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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 non-fatality

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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non-fatality 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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