Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. At last; in the end; eventually.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Indicating the last item.
  • adv. Indicating the most important action.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. As a final consequence; at last; in the end.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • As an ultimate or final result; at last; in the end or outcome; at the furthest point of a series; finally.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. as the end result of a succession or process

Etymologies

ultimate +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word ultimately translates into shrinking earnings power, which is a big factor in stock-market declines that have driven share prices to their lowest level in more than a decade.

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  • But questions of more general nature have lately arisen, and these have tended to have a skeptical cast: whether any use of "aesthetic" may be explicated without appeal to some other; whether agreement respecting any use is sufficient to ground meaningful theoretical agreement or disagreement; whether the term ultimately answers to any legitimate philosophical purpose that justifies its inclusion in the lexicon.

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  • Which, no matter how you slice that, ultimately is code for he doesn't look like what an "American" should look like.

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  • "Politics" ultimately comes from the Greek word "polis" meaning state or city.

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  • The title ultimately referred to Hurley literally writing the script to Empire Strikes Back in a Dharma composition book, as well as the overarching theme of Miles (Luke Skywalker) coming to grips with his estranged father Pierre

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  • We're not going to make a Victoria Beckham gag. comes undone is in the amount of content it has to offer; while we do not subscribe to the notion that length is more important than quantity, the title ultimately feels truncated and slight.

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  • LAWRENCE: The Tour de France no longer considers Floyd Landis its champion, but the decision to strip him of its title ultimately will rest with the International Cycling Union -- Soledad.

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  • For, according to the doctrine of interest, which is a term ultimately related to these other terms and equally emphasized with them, only that spiritual food can be expected to be truly assimilated by any person which appeals to his peculiar nature; all else fails of real nourishment, no matter how much drill may be given to it.

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  • KU point guard Sherron Collins said that this title ultimately would rank as his favorite.

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  • Atlantis Resources chief executive Tim Cornelius touted the durability of AK1000 to the BBC: "In order to get a robust turbine we have had to make what we call ultimately the dumbest, simple but more robust, turbine you could possible put in such a harsh environment."

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