Examples of ultimatum in a Sentence
She was given an ultimatum—work harder or lose her job.
issued the ultimatum that the project be finished by the following week, or it would be terminated
Recent Examples of ultimatum from the Web
Hartwig, who managed mutual funds for the bank, said his supervisors gave him an ultimatum in June to leave the treasurer's race or leave his position with U.S. Bank in Milwaukee.
Their bitterness toward each other has escalated, and now my son has given me an ultimatum: Choose between his family or my friend.
Now with Snyder on his way out and the future of partnership districts up to Whiston's successor, lawmakers have successfully slipped in an ultimatum to ensure accountability.
Still in the thick of the case, Mohiuddin said the city effectively gave him an ultimatum: build the 12-foot fence or lose parking privileges.
In that meeting, the players issued an ultimatum: Bring back Davis and Treloar, including one as head coach, or there would be a mass player exodus.
Unlike his predecessor, the NBA commissioner prefers pleasantries, equivocation and deliberate investigations to zingers, ultimatums and snap judgments.
There are people with ultimatums being slung over their heads right now.
Last night on THE ANGLE, House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes issued this ultimatum to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
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Did You Know?
An ultimatum is usually issued by a stronger power to a weaker one, since it wouldn't carry much weight if the one giving the ultimatum couldn't back up its threat. Near the end of World War II, the Allied powers issued an ultimatum to Japan: surrender completely or face the consequences. Japan rejected the ultimatum, and within days the U.S. had dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing some 200,000 people.
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Definition of ultimatum for English Language Learners
: a final threat : a promise that force or punishment will be used if someone does not do what is wanted
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