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Definition of ultimately

1 : in the end : fundamentally the word comes ultimately from Latin
2 : eventually ultimately, they agreed

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Examples of ultimately in a Sentence

The changes ultimately proved to be unnecessary. Ultimately, it's a question of who is more popular.
Recent Examples on the Web That is ultimately what power is—attempts at the individual or collective level to exert a sense of control over our lives. Alain Sylvain, Quartz at Work, "Collective action is our new power language. How will leaders respond?," 19 June 2020 Even this tension, however, might ultimately be beside the point. Gideon Lewis-kraus, Wired, "How to Make Government Trustworthy Again," 18 June 2020 Both Dormitzer and Zaks noted that ultimately, the decision is not for pharmaceutical companies to make but is up to the FDA. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "“Fast-Tracking” a Coronavirus Vaccine Sounds Great. It’s Not That Simple.," 17 June 2020 That sparked a wrestling match between Brooks and the two officers, and Brooks ultimately was able to take an officer’s Taser and run away. Robert Klemko, BostonGlobe.com, "Family members decry police killing of Rayshard Brooks, call for reform," 15 June 2020 Like all his comrades, Paul is entranced by the idea of that gold, but his quest is ultimately one of seeking clarity and forgiveness. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods Is a Flawed But Fiery Reckoning With America's Past and Future," 11 June 2020 Dementia is degenerative, worsening over time, and is ultimately fatal, most commonly due to complications from pneumonia or heart disease. Paul Bayfield, National Geographic, "For dementia patients and their families, isolation during the pandemic is a heavy burden," 9 June 2020 Just as Jackson herself gave voice to women’s inner pain, Shirley is ultimately a cry for women to be taken seriously as artists. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Shirley Isn’t A Biopic — It’s A Horror Story More Terrifying Than Haunting Of Hill House," 8 June 2020 The decision is ultimately a political one about risk. The Economist, "A risky reopening England emerges from lockdown," 6 June 2020

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First Known Use of ultimately

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ultimately.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultimately. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ultimately

: at the end of a process, period of time, etc.
: at the most basic level : in the central or most important way

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