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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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Trump, however, ultimately adhered to a fairly conventional conservative Republican platform. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Bitter medicine of Perot’s 1992 campaign wouldn’t sell today," 10 July 2019 Another inside joke is about one of French Jewry’s legendary figures, singer Enrico Macias, who at 81 delivers a hilarious and self-deprecating portrayal of himself as a cheap, slightly clueless and ultimately kindhearted geezer. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "Netflix show ‘Family Business’ is a French-Jewish version of ‘Breaking Bad’," 10 July 2019 Rackstraw would ultimately be found and convicted of grand theft and passing bad checks, spending two years in prison, according to the Oregonian. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Robert Rackstraw, D.B. Cooper hijacking suspect who trained in Alabama, dies," 10 July 2019 Bennett ultimately covered up, and was not arrested or cited. Tom Olsen, Twin Cities, "Cops called when woman goes topless at Duluth beach. But was she breaking the law?," 10 July 2019 Judge Timothy Fall ultimately upheld all charges and Carlyle’s next hearing is scheduled for Monday, June 22 at 9 a.m. Heather Kemp, The Mercury News, "Preliminary proceeding details I-5 crash that killed 5-year-old Northern California boy," 10 July 2019 Meiborg said the district ultimately offered an apology, though not an explanation for the lack of notice. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, "After daughter’s memorial tree was unexpectedly taken down, mom received support from friends and strangers. Now two trees will honor teen’s life.," 10 July 2019 And the publisher of the paper, Phil Merrill, took a special interest in me and served as a mentor to me, helped me apply and ultimately work through a graduate program at the University of Maryland. CBS News, "Transcript: Ellen McCarthy talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 10 July 2019 If the lower court ruling is ultimately upheld, the case, Texas v. United States, has the potential to shake the nation’s entire health care system to its core. Julie Rovner, Scientific American, "Federal Appeals Court Takes Up Case That Threatens Affordable Care Act," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of ultimately

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jul 2019

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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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something desired as essential

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