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Definition of fatality noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//fəˈtælət̮i//
    (pl. fatalities)
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  1. 1[countable] a death that is caused in an accident or a war, or by violence or disease Several people were injured, but there were no fatalities. a campaign to reduce the number of fatalities on the highways
  2. 2[uncountable] the fact that a particular disease will result in death to reduce the fatality of certain types of cancer Different forms of cancer have different fatality rates.
  3. 3[uncountable] the belief or feeling that we have no control over what happens to us A sense of fatality gripped her.
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