noun, plural ul·ti·ma·tums, ul·ti·ma·ta [uhl-tuh-mey-tuh, -mah-] /ˌʌl təˈmeɪ tə, -ˈmɑ-/.
- ultimate constituent,
- ultimate strength,
Origin of ultimatum
Examples from the Web for ultimatum
Obama would then give Congress an ultimatum: Act by a certain date, perhaps a hundred days into the new Congress, or he will.Can Obama and a Republican Senate Find Common Ground?|Eleanor Clift|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And so Scheunemann offered an ultimatum: Kick Spencer out, or he would leave.
So Giles issues Ellie an ultimatum: Find Matthew Smith and write a killer story, or find yourself a new job.Toni Collette on ‘The Realistic Joneses,’‘Lucky Them,’ and Crying in ‘The Sixth Sense’|Melissa Leon|June 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is an ultimatum seeking a target in the disorienting matrix of asymmetric warfare.The History and Logic of Military Ultimatums, From Suez to Crimea|Jacob Siegel|March 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Putin said there had been no ultimatum for Ukrainian forces to surrender, as was widely reported Monday.
At the same time he reached into his breast-pocket for the ultimatum.The Mad King|Edgar Rice Burroughs
Lorinda's linement looked dark and forbiddin' as Polly stated in her gentle, but firm way this ultimatum.Samantha on the Woman Question|Marietta Holley
The ultimatum was presented to the Porte, which treated it as a declaration of war.The Turkish Empire, its Growth and Decay|Lord Eversley
On the morning of the Friday when the ultimatum was to be sent to Smoothbore, Peel returned to the hospital from the town.The Great Gold Rush|W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
The war spirit is usually fanned by financiers, Kuhn, Loeb and Company giving the ultimatum.
noun plural -tums or -ta (-tə)
Word Origin for ultimatum
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.