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Definition of ultimately

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

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 The phone call and the handshakes cast doubt on a core part of the U.S. strategy aimed at ending the Ukraine war: that diplomatic and economic isolation, along with battlefield setbacks, would ultimately force Russia to send its troops home. Matthew Lee, ajc, 29 July 2022 Investigators ultimately caught up with the woman, who had a different portrayal of events. Fox News, 29 July 2022 She was charged with felony murder under special circumstances and ultimately was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Anabel Sosa, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 The creators ultimately mined heartbreak borrowed from real life. Andrea Mandell, PEOPLE.com, 29 July 2022 Market prices suggest deep skepticism about how much bondholders will ultimately recoup. Alexander Saeedy, WSJ, 29 July 2022 The former president's plans ultimately failed, though, and Mr. Biden's victory was reaffirmed by Congress in the early morning hours of Jan. 7. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 28 July 2022 The plan ultimately failed, and Stoddard was re-elected. Orlando Sentinel, 27 July 2022 Spirit management's argument ultimately failed to get the support of a majority of its shareholders, prompting the company to continually push back the date of the shareholder meeting to approve the Frontier deal. Chris Isidore, CNN, 27 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ultimately

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Jul 2022

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“Ultimately.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultimately. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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