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Deadly or mortal; destructive; devastating.

A fatal error in legal procedure is one that is of such a substantial nature as to harm unjustly the person who complains about it. It is synonymous with reversible error, which, in appellate practice, warrants the reversal of the judgment before the appellate court for review. A fatal error can warrant a new trial.

A fatal injury is one that results in death. It is distinguished from a disability in accident and disability insurance policies, which includes those injuries that prevent the insured from doing his or her regular job but do not result in his or her death.


adjective annihilative, calamitous, catastrophic, causing death, causing destruction, consumptive, deadly, death-dealing, deathly, deleterious, demolishing, destructive, devastating, dire, disastrous, exitialis, exterminative, extirpative, fateful, fell, feral, funestus, harmful, hurtful, injurious, involving death, involvvng ruin, killing, lethal, lethiferous, malignant, mortiferous, murderous, noisome, noxious, perniciosus, pernicious, ruining, ruinous, slaughterous, toxic, tragic, virulent, wasting
Associated concepts: fatal consequences, fatal defect, fatal errors, fatal injury, fatal to a cause of action, fatal variance
See also: deadly, deleterious, dire, grave, lethal, malignant, noxious, pernicious, pestilent, serious, toxic
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A 40-year-old man was fatally shot in the 1800 block of N.
Police near Denver last Friday fatally shot an unarmed man who was a wanted fugitive.
He was fatally shot in the head and chest in the scuffle that followed.
Police Officer Steve Arkell, 48, was fatally shot upon entering the house, located in a development called Mill Pond Crossing, a retirement community, New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster said, ABC News reported.
A 43-year-old contractor was fatally injured in an early morning incident at a new crossover tunnel between two train tunnels that have already been constructed by Crossrail's boring machines in central London.
But less than two minutes after Jake arrived at the scene, he was lying fatally injured on the pavement having been fatally stabbed by Talbot and best friend Nathan Warburton, 20.
Evans Lumber and Builders Supply Limited, a Sudbury wood and lumber store, was fined $85,000 for two violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was fatally injured.
A MAN has been handed a life sentence after fatally stabbing a gambler who had won PS3,000 at a casino.
AINTREE yesterday insisted every possible step is taken to ensure that horses fatally injured in action on a racecourse, cannot enter the food chain, writes Richard Birch.
According to local press, a 25-year-old man was fatally shot at Toronto Eaton Center's food court.
A WOMAN was charged last night with the murder of a 13-year-old girl found fatally stabbed in a park.
The serviceman was fatally wounded south of the capital, Kabul.