- 1Being or happening at the end of a process; final: their ultimate aim was to force his resignationMore example sentences
- Some councillors stressed that the decision was not final and the ultimate decision would rest with tenants themselves when a ballot took place.
- The ultimate decision could lie with the ABA and the lottery funding and sponsorship deals they can come up with.
- Drought leads to water deficit in the leaf tissue, which affects many physiological processes and can have ultimate consequences for plant growth and survival.
- 1.1Basic or fundamental: the ultimate constituents of anything that exists are atomsMore example sentences
- Social atomism sees individual people as the fundamental particles, autonomous ultimate units in full charge of their destiny, empowered to make contracts freely.
- What are the ultimate constituents of matter the most elementary of elementary particles?
- Many scholastic and Cartesian thinkers had assumed substances to be the ultimate constituents of reality, and, as such, self-dependent.
- 1.2 Physics Denoting the maximum possible strength or resistance beyond which an object breaks.More example sentences
- It responds to heat treatment on the improved permanent set stress and ultimate strength with some loss of elongation.
- After the initial impacts, the most heavily loaded columns were probably near, but not over, their ultimate capacities.
- Also it can be seen that the smaller diameter raft has reached to its ultimate capacity at smaller settlement than that of the raft of larger diameter.
- 2Being the best or most extreme example of its kind: the ultimate accoladeMore example sentences
- Rowing is called the ultimate team sport because going fast requires everyone's complete commitment to the crew.
- Football is the ultimate team sport; each player must execute his responsibilities for a play to succeed.
- Standing at 15,2 hands, the three-year-old was awarded the ultimate accolade and crowned supreme champion of the show.
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- 1 (the ultimate) The best achievable or imaginable of its kind: the ultimate in decorative luxuryMore example sentences
utmost, optimum, last word, very limit, height, epitome, peak, pinnacle, acme, apex, apogee, zenith, culmination, perfection, nonpareil, extreme, extremity; French crème de la crème, dernier cri, beau idéal; Latin ne plus ultra• archaic nonesuch
- She was, of course, overjoyed that the film she had worked on was achieving the ultimate in mainstream international recognition.
- With all that physical toiling in the fresh air one could be forgiven for imagining farming was the ultimate in healthy occupations.
- One is the ultimate fantasy, the other the ultimate in human achievement.
- 2A final or fundamental fact or principle.More example sentences
- He derived his propositional view of reality and his ‘pluralism without ultimates ' from classical sources and his own extended critical reflections on Alexander, Hegel, and Marx, particularly the latter.
- But that doesn't diminish its status as an ultimate in technology.
- Indian philosophy accepts only intuition as the method through which the ultimate can be known.
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- But like any other principle claiming ultimacy, it is nothing but a phantasm - a mere assumption, an assertion, a claim - one which reigns supreme simply due to its success in excluding other, competing claims.
- In this revolutionary rendering of the ultimacy of human being and the human world is born the spirit of absolutism, the soul of ultra-modernist culture.
- I am thinking, for example, of the way he talks about ultimacy: ‘The likeliest path to the ultimate ground,’ he says, ‘leads through my local ground.’
Pronunciation: /-məsi/noun (plural ultimacies)
mid 17th century: from late Latin ultimatus, past participle of ultimare 'come to an end'.