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Definition of fearful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    fearful

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈfɪrfl//
     
     
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  1. 1 (formal) nervous and afraid fearful (for somebody) Parents are always fearful for their children. fearful (of something/of doing something) fearful of an attack Fearful of continued unrest, the government imposed a state of emergency. fearful (that…) She was fearful that she would fail.
  2. 2[only before noun] (formal) terrible and frightening
NAmE//ˈfɪrfəli//
 
adverb We watched fearfully.
fearfulness
 
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NAmE//ˈfɪrflnəs//
 
noun [uncountable]
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