from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A final statement of terms made by one party to another.
- n. A statement, especially in diplomatic negotiations, that expresses or implies the threat of serious penalties if the terms are not accepted.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a final statement of terms or conditions made by one party to another, especially one that expresses a threat of reprisal or war
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A final proposition, concession, or condition; especially, the final propositions, conditions, or terms, offered by either of the parties in a diplomatic negotiation; the most favorable terms that a negotiator can offer, the rejection of which usually puts an end to the hesitation.
- n. A final demand, the rejection of which may lead to a resort to force or other compelling action by the party presenting the ultimatum. In international diplomacy, an ultimatum may be used as by the demanding country as a signal to other countries that it gave the other country a seemingly reasonable opportunity to avoid a war; in this way, the demanding country may seek to avoid responsibility for starting a war.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A final proposal or statement of conditions; especially, in diplomatic negotiations, the final terms of one of the parties, the rejection of which may involve an immediate rupture of diplomatic relations and even lead to a declaration of war.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a final peremptory demand
The opposition Armenian National Congress has called a protest for March 17, after delivering the government what it called an ultimatum earlier this month.
His upset, the doctor recorded, was “due to what he termed an ultimatum that had been served upon him by Bulganin.”
In the morning she gave him what she called an ultimatum.
Yahoo responded with a letter of its own in which it called his ultimatum "counterproductive."
I'm sure Obama will consider Senator Clinton, however, this divisive public ultimatum is not helpful to the party to win in November.
If the ultimatum is not at once accepted we may look for that dreadful catastrophe, a sex war.
Now, that's not a market force, that's not cheap labor; that's an ultimatum from the Chinese government saying 'you want to sell here, you gotta produce here.'
But I think him throwing down the ultimatum is kinda iffy.
That may be true, but the very terms in which Volokh has couched the ultimatum is unfair.
The city council and city board of education for Dublin received an ultimatum from a local citizens group in March 2000 -- redraw electoral districts for the city based on recent census figures.