Ultimate
Ultimate Ul"ti*mate, a. [LL. ultimatus last, extreme, fr. L. ultimare to come to an end, fr. ultimus the farthest, last, superl. from the same source as ulterior. See {Ulterior}, and cf. {Ultimatum}.] 1. Farthest; most remote in space or time; extreme; last; final. [1913 Webster]

My harbor, and my ultimate repose. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Many actions apt to procure fame are not conductive to this our ultimate happiness. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. Last in a train of progression or consequences; tended toward by all that precedes; arrived at, as the last result; final. [1913 Webster]

Those ultimate truths and those universal laws of thought which we can not rationally contradict. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

3. Incapable of further analysis; incapable of further division or separation; constituent; elemental; as, an ultimate constituent of matter. [1913 Webster]

{Ultimate analysis} (Chem.), organic analysis. See under {Organic}.

{Ultimate belief}. See under {Belief}.

{Ultimate ratio} (Math.), the limiting value of a ratio, or that toward which a series tends, and which it does not pass. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Final; conclusive. See {Final}. [1913 Webster]


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