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ultimatum

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noun ul·ti·ma·tum \ˌəl-tə-ˈmā-təm, -ˈmä-\

Simple Definition of ultimatum

  • : a final threat : a promise that force or punishment will be used if someone does not do what is wanted

Full Definition of ultimatum

plural ul·ti·ma·tums or ul·ti·ma·taplay play \-tə\

  1. :  a final proposition, condition, or demand; especially :  one whose rejection will end negotiations and cause a resort to force or other direct action

Examples of ultimatum

  1. She was given an ultimatum—work harder or lose her job.

  2. <issued the ultimatum that the project be finished by the following week, or it would be terminated>



Origin of ultimatum

New Latin, from Medieval Latin, neuter of ultimatus final


First Known Use: 1731

Rhymes with ultimatum


ULTIMATUM Defined for Kids

ultimatum

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noun ul·ti·ma·tum \ˌəl-tə-ˈmā-təm\

Definition of ultimatum

plural ul·ti·ma·tums or ul·ti·ma·ta \-ˈmā-tə\

  1. :  a final condition or demand that if rejected could end future negotiations and lead to forceful or undesirable action





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