ultimateness

ultimate

[uhl-tuh-mit]
adjective
1.
last; furthest or farthest; ending a process or series: the ultimate point in a journey; the ultimate style in hats.
2.
maximum; decisive; conclusive: the ultimate authority; the ultimate weapon.
3.
highest; not subsidiary: ultimate goal in life.
4.
basic; fundamental; representing a limit beyond which further progress, as in investigation or analysis, is impossible: the ultimate particle; ultimate principles.
5.
final; total: the ultimate consequences; the ultimate cost of a project.
6.
not to be improved upon or surpassed; greatest; unsurpassed: the ultimate vacation spot; the ultimate stupidity.
noun
7.
the final point; final result.
8.
a fundamental fact or principle.
9.
the best, greatest, or most extreme of its kind.

Origin:
1645–55; < Late Latin ultimātus (past participle of ultimāre to come to an end), equivalent to Latin ultim(us) last, most distant (see ultima) + -ātus -ate1

ultimately, adverb
ultimateness, noun
subultimate, adjective

1. paramount, tantamount, ultimately ; 2. penultimate, last, ultimate ; 3. ultimate, ultimatum.


1. extreme, remotest, uttermost. 2. supreme. 5. See last1.


5. first.
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ultimate (ˈʌltɪmɪt)
 
adj
1.  conclusive in a series or process; last; final: an ultimate question
2.  the highest or most significant: the ultimate goal
3.  elemental, fundamental, basic, or essential
4.  most extreme: genocide is the ultimate abuse of human rights
5.  final or total: an ultimate cost of twenty million pounds
 
n
6.  the most significant, highest, furthest, or greatest thing
 
[C17: from Late Latin ultimāre to come to an end, from Latin ultimus last, from ulter distant]
 
'ultimateness
 
n

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ultimate
1654, from L.L. ultimatus, pp. of ultimare "to be final, come to an end," from ultimus "last, final," superlative of *ulter "beyond" (see ultra). Ultimate Frisbee is attested from 1972.
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