- fate|ful «FAYT fuhl», adjective.1. controlled by fate: »
The fateful course of the ship toward the rocks was not changed in spite of the crew's frantic efforts.2. determining what is to happen; important; decisive: »
a fateful decision. Yorktown was the site of a fateful battle of the American Revolution.3. showing what will happen according to fate; prophetic: »
the fateful words of the prophet.4. causing death, destruction, or ruin; disastrous: »
a fateful blow. The soldier's fateful steel (Joel Barlow).–fate´ful|ly, adverb.–fate´ful|ness, noun.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.