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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.

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When the church refused, the irate Henry VIII set about breaking the country away from Catholicism, ultimately forming the Church of England to grant his own divorce from Catherine. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Cause of Prince Arthur Tudor's Death Remains a Medical Mystery," 13 May 2019 Now, Lee has put out another apology video, this time apologizing for her first one, which fans ultimately deemed insensitive. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Laura Lee Is Attempting to Apologize Again for Her Controversial Tweets," 27 Sep. 2018 Crisp is excited to continue building RxCycle and to propose new creative initiatives that will limit the amount of clothing the site puts on sale or ultimately has to throw away. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "These Chairs Were Designed Using Recycled Clothing From Maison Margiela, Off-White, Raf Simons, and More," 22 Apr. 2019 Then, America will have a chance to vote for the winner of each Cross Battle—and ultimately decide who earns a spot in the Top 24 Live Shows. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "What Are the Cross Battles on 'The Voice?'," 10 Apr. 2019 Rather than, say, a real-time bleeping of a player who bleeped too bleeping much, the chat conversation could be recorded and flagged for review by a person who would ultimately decide whether the ban hammer should fall. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel hopes to clean up toxic speech in game chat with AI and machine learning," 20 Mar. 2019 The movie, which revolves around the women of a Louisiana beauty salon, is ultimately a story of strength and friendship. Seventeen, "20 Mother's Day Movies to Watch With Your Mom," 11 Apr. 2019 Obama ultimately beat Clinton in the primary (and went on to win the presidency). Emily Stewart, Vox, "Oprah will campaign with Stacey Abrams in Georgia," 31 Oct. 2018 Democrats spoke out against the nomination of Kavanaugh prior to the final vote, delivering impassioned speeches on the Senate floor—but ultimately, the GOP had enough votes to successfully confirm him without reaching across the aisle. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Amidst Protest and Fury, Brett Kavanaugh Is Confirmed to the Supreme Court," 6 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of ultimately

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ultimately was in 1652

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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