I. adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin ultimatus last, final, from Late Latin, past participle of ultimare to come to an end, be last, from Latin ultimus farthest, last, final, superlative of Latin *ulter situated beyond Date: 1640 1. a. most remote in space or time ; farthest b. last in a progression or series ; final <
their ultimate destination was Paris
c. eventual 2 <
they hoped for ultimate success
d. the best or most extreme of its kind ; utmost <
the ultimate sacrifice
2. arrived at as the last result <
the ultimate question
3. a. basic, fundamental <
the ultimate nature of things — A. N. Whitehead
b. original 1 <
the ultimate source
c. incapable of further analysis, division, or separation 4. maximum 1 Synonyms: see lastultimateness noun II. noun Date: 1681 1. something ultimate; especially fundamental 2. acme III. verb (-mated; -mating) Date: circa 1834 end

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