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Webster 1913 Edition


Ultimately

Ul′ti-mate-ly

,
adv.
As a final consequence; at last; in the end;
as, afflictions often tend to correct immoral habits, and
ultimately
prove blessings
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Ultimately

UL'TIMATELY

,
adv.
Finally; at last; in the end of last consequence. Afflictions often tend to correct immoral habits, and ultimately prove blessings.

Definition 2021


ultimately

ultimately

English

Adverb

ultimately (not comparable)

  1. Indicating the last item.
    Firstly, ... Secondly, ... Ultimately, ...
  2. Indicating the most important action.
    Ultimately, he will have to make a decision before the end of the week.
    • 2011 October 29, Neil Johnston, “Norwich 3 - 3 Blackburn”, in BBC Sport:
      That Wolves reached half-time on level terms had much to do with the ultimately luckless Hennessey, who was in action in the opening minute to tip away Samir Nasri's shot following a City corner.
  3. (linguistics) Used to indicate the etymon at which a given etymological derivation terminates.
    Cognate to Gottscheerish boßər, bàsser. Ultimately cognate to standard High German Wasser.
    Shortened from maxiature, ultimately from Latin maximus ("large").
    Ultimately from Latin equus ("horse").

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