Pronunciation: (fāt'ful), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/fateful.html on line 77 [key]
1. having momentous significance or consequences; decisively important; portentous: a fateful meeting between the leaders of the two countries.
2. fatal, deadly, or disastrous.
3. controlled or determined by destiny; inexorable.
4. prophetic; ominous.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.