ultimatum


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ul·ti·ma·tum

 (ŭl′tə-mā′təm, -mä′-)
n. pl. ul·ti·ma·tums or ul·ti·ma·ta (-tə)
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.

[New Latin, from neuter of Latin ultimātus, last; see ultimate.]

ultimatum

(ˌʌltɪˈmeɪtəm)
n, pl -tums or -ta (-tə)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a final communication by a party, esp a government, setting forth conditions on which it insists, as during negotiations on some topic
2. any final or peremptory demand, offer, or proposal
[C18: from New Latin, neuter of ultimatus ultimate]

ul•ti•ma•tum

(ˌʌl təˈmeɪ təm, -ˈmɑ-)

n., pl. -tums, -ta (-tə).
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.
[1725–35; < New Latin, n. use of neuter of Late Latin ultimatus]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ultimatum - a final peremptory demandultimatum - a final peremptory demand    
demand - an urgent or peremptory request; "his demands for attention were unceasing"
Translations
إنْذار نِهائيإِنْذَارٌ نِهَائِيّ
ultimátum
ultimatum
uhkavaatimusultimaatumi
ultimatum
ultimátum
úrslitakostur
最後通牒
최종 제안
ultimatumas
ultimāts
ultimátum
ultimatum
คำขาด
tối hậu thư

ultimatum

[ˌʌltɪˈmeɪtəm] N (ultimatums or ultimata (pl)) (Mil) (fig) → ultimátum m
to deliver or issue an ultimatumdar un ultimátum

ultimatum

[ˌʌltɪˈmeɪtəm] [ultimatums or ultimata] [ˌʌltɪˈmeɪtə] (pl) nultimatum m
to give sb an ultimatum → donner un ultimatum à qn

ultimatum

n pl <-s or ultimata> (Mil, fig) → Ultimatum nt; to deliver or issue an ultimatum to somebodyjdm ein Ultimatum stellen

ultimatum

[ˌʌltɪˈmeɪtəm] n (ultimatums or ultimata (pl)) [ˌʌltɪˈmeɪtə] (Mil) (fig) → ultimatum m inv
to issue an ultimatum to → dare l'ultimatum a

ultimatum

(altiˈmeitəm) plural ˌultiˈmatums noun
a final demand made by one person, nation etc to another, with a threat to stop peaceful discussion and declare war etc if the demand is ignored. An ultimatum has been issued to him to withdraw his troops from our territory.

ultimatum

إِنْذَارٌ نِهَائِيّ ultimátum ultimatum Ultimatum τελεσίγραφο ultimátum uhkavaatimus ultimatum ultimatum ultimatum 最後通牒 최종 제안 ultimatum ultimatum ultimatum ultimato ультиматум ultimatum คำขาด ültimatom tối hậu thư 最后通牒
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Her finale and ultimatum of contempt consisted in a very emphatic pronunciation of the word "shiftless;" and by this she characterized all modes of procedure which had not a direct and inevitable relation to accomplishment of some purpose then definitely had in mind.
Many people had heard of the cylinder, of course, and talked about it in their leisure, but it certainly did not make the sensation that an ultimatum to Germany would have done.
Very little, of course, and therefore I don't ask for your ultimatum on the spot.
Seeing this man's obstinate determination, the sentinel presented his bayonet in the form of an ultimatum.
But we are going to fight now; I shouldn't wonder if there were an ultimatum in a week and an.
And a little while later the other delivered his ultimatum.
I expected an ultimatum from my banker by every post.
If it succeeded - the idea came to me in a flash - I would send Rattray an ultimatum from the nearest town; and either Eva should be set instantly and unconditionally free, or the whole matter be put unreservedly in the hands of the local police.
Go and be a human being if you think you can, but do not longer interfere with us or we shall kill you," and he looked first at Number Three and then at Number Twelve for approval of his ultimatum.
The Guggenhammer experts concluded that it was too big for him to handle, and when they gave him an ultimatum to that effect he accepted and bought them out.
 Having received an ultimatum from Austria, the Turkish Ministry
Through them the socialist leaders of both countries presented their ultimatum to the rulers.