- a final, uncompromising demand or set of terms issued by a party to a dispute, the rejection of which may lead to a severance of relations or to the use of force.
- a final proposal or statement of conditions.
Origin of ultimatum
Examples from the Web for ultimata
These points were no longer to be "ultimata" but only matters for discussion.Jefferson and his Colleagues
On the 18th, one was sent to the same Minister, with propositions which were then regarded as their ultimata.
The Allies were not in a position—this need be no secret now—to send adequate forces to enforce their ultimata.Herbert Hoover
Of course they have the instructions of the President, with his ultimata, etc., but they will strive earnestly for peace.A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital
John Beauchamp Jones
- a final communication by a party, esp a government, setting forth conditions on which it insists, as during negotiations on some topic
- any final or peremptory demand, offer, or proposal
Word Origin and History for ultimata
1731, from Modern Latin, from Medieval Latin adjective ultimatum "last possible, final," from Latin ultimatum, neuter of ultimatus (see ultimate). Hamilton and others use the Latin plural ultimata. In slang c.1820s, ultimatum was used for "the buttocks."
A formal message delivered from one government to another threatening war if the receiving government fails to comply with conditions set forth in the message. For example, after the assassination of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand in 1914, the government of Austria sent an ultimatum to Serbia, which Austria held responsible for the assassination.