Ultimatum meaning

ŭltə-mātəm, -mä-
The final offer in negotiating an agreement, carrying with it the implication that if it is not accepted, bargaining will cease.
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The definition of an ultimatum is a demand which, if not met, will end a relationship or otherwise result in some serious consequence.

When a woman says to her boyfriend "marry me or I am leaving you," this is an example of an ultimatum.

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A final offer or demand made by one party to another, especially in diplomatic negotiations, expressing or implying the threat of serious consequences or the breakoff of relations if the terms are not accepted.
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A final offer or demand, esp. by one of the parties engaged in negotiations, the rejection of which usually leads to a break in relations and unilateral action, the use of force, etc. by the party issuing the ultimatum.
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A final statement of terms or conditions made by one party to another, especially one that expresses a threat of reprisal or war.
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Origin of ultimatum

  • New Latin from neuter of Latin ultimātus last ultimate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin ultimatus (“late, last final"), from Latin ultimus (“extreme, last, furthest, farthest, final")

    From Wiktionary