ultimately

adverb
ul·ti·mate·ly | \ ˈəl-tə-mət-lē \

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.

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That effort ultimately failed, and Elian Gonzalez was repatriated in April 2000. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has worked on high-profile South Florida cases," 10 July 2018 Earlier this month, Maryland police caught a robbery suspect by comparing an Instagram photo against the state DMV database, which ultimately led them to his name and driver’s license. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "How facial recognition helped police identify the Capital Gazette shooter," 29 June 2018 The language of Kroger's proposal closely resembles a measure passed by P&G shareholders in the fall of 2016 that ultimately failed to protect the company. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Kroger moves to block activist shareholders. The goal: avoid what Nelson Peltz is doing to P&G and GE," 27 June 2018 The company was rocked last year by accusations of gender discrimination and harassment in its workplace, as well as other issues, ultimately leading to the ouster of the chief executive at the time, Travis Kalanick. Mike Isaac, BostonGlobe.com, "At Uber, new questions arise about executive behavior," 14 July 2018 Ortega's government has ultimately wrested back control of this campus - as well as other rebellious cities across Nicaragua - but the cost to his government could be steep. Joshua Partlow, chicagotribune.com, "Inside the church where Nicaraguan paramilitaries laid siege on university students," 14 July 2018 This definitive memoir traces the arc of his life from a small village, to his years as a revolutionary, to his long imprisonment, and ultimately his ascension to unifying President, leader, and global icon. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Barack Obama's New Summer Reading List Has a Theme," 13 July 2018 When the current board makes recommendations for officers to be disciplined, the decision ultimately falls with the police commissioner. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Panel reviewing police civilian oversight calls for more powerful 'independent police accountability agency'," 13 July 2018 The company was rocked last year by accusations of gender discrimination and harassment in its workplace, as well as other issues, ultimately leading to the ouster of the chief executive at the time, Travis Kalanick. New York Times, "At Uber, New Questions Arise About Executive Behavior," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of ultimately

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ultimately

adverb

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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