[fey-tal-i-tee, fuh-]
noun, plural fatalities.
a disaster resulting in death.
a death resulting from such an occurrence: a rise in highway fatalities.
the quality of causing death or disaster; a fatal influence; deadliness.
predetermined liability to disaster, misfortune, etc.: a fatality for saying the wrong thing.
the quality of being predetermined by or subject to fate: There is a fatality in human affairs that leads to destruction.
the fate or destiny of a person or thing: Death is the ultimate fatality of all human beings.
a fixed, unalterably predetermined course of things; inevitability: to resign oneself to the fatality of life.

1480–90; < Late Latin fātālitās. See fatal, -ity

nonfatality, noun, plural nonfatalities. Unabridged
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fatality (fəˈtælɪtɪ)
n , 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 & History

late 15c., "quality of causing death," from Fr. fatalité, from L.L. fatalitatem, from 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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fatality fa·tal·i·ty (fā-tāl'ĭ-tē, fə-)

  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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