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ut·​ter·​most ˈə-tər-ˌmōst How to pronounce uttermost (audio)


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: utmost
to the uttermost of our capacityH. S. Truman

Examples of uttermost in a Sentence

Adjective a matter of the uttermost importance I have the uttermost faith in your abilities.
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Word History



Middle English, alteration of uttermest, from utter entry 1 + -mest (as in utmest utmost)

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uttermost was in the 14th century

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“Uttermost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uttermost. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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