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1. Vitally affecting subsequent events; being of great consequence; momentous: a fateful decision to counterattack.
2. Controlled by or as if by fate; predetermined.
3. Bringing death or disaster; fatal.
4. Ominously prophetic; portentous: a fateful sign.

fate′ful·ly adv.
fate′ful·ness n.
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Adv.1.fatefully - in a prophetically fateful manner; "the nurse whispered fatefully to call the priest"
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