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  • n. The only remaining, unwanted, option or choice.

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  • n. ultimate means of relief; also, final tribunal; that from which there is no appeal.

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

  • n. an expedient adopted only in desperation


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  • But whereas notable commentators are ready to concede that Keturah may have been taken during Sarah's lifetime, yet that would seem to conflict rather seriously with Abraham's pronounced monogamistic leanings; for he took Hagar only as a last resort to realize God's promise.

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  • A cooler assessment of his work, however, shows that his casuistry, as all casuistry, was in the last resort still rooted in ascetical thinking.


  • Use this technique as a last resort and choose Swiss water process decaf whenever possible, since other decafs generally contain toxic solvent residues like hexane.

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  • The Departments rule their “fiefdoms” with great latitude, with the Overgovernment serving as a court of last resort and occasional overseer — much as did the medieval monarchs.

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  • [878] Cæcilius, too, was in the last resort a politician and a patriot, since he defended the old religion by asserting that “by means of it Rome has won the world” (Min. Felix vi.).

    The Mission and Expansion of Christianity in the First Three Centuries

  • My parents know that my chances of surviving are nil, so as a last resort they contact Frania, the woman who worked for us as a housekeeper before the war.

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  • Communications on the island of San Juan el Pirata are inclined to be slow; but there is as a last resort the telefono and by this extravagant means a message was finally conveyed to El Gerente de Politio just as he was about to board his ship with the rest of the smuggling fleet.

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  • The so-called Montanist controversy was in the last resort not merely a struggle to secure a stricter mode of life as against a laxer, but also the struggle of a more independent religious attitude and activity as against one which was prescribed and uniform.

    The Mission and Expansion of Christianity in the First Three Centuries


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  • The final alternative for providing aid or solving a problem.

    March 19, 2008