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1. Next to last.
2. Linguistics Of or relating to the penult of a word: penultimate stress.
The next to the last.

[From Latin paenultimus; see penult.]

pe·nul′ti·mate·ly adv.
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in penultimate position; lastly except for one
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In what follows we shall examine Ratzinger's view of love, the self and the human person, and penultimately self-love.
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During the weeklong run-up to Al-Bustan's grand finale, vocalist Mario Frangoulis will sing the work of Theodorakis, a mystery act will lead an evening of traditional bouzouki music and, penultimately, pianist Paolo Restani and Gianluca Marcian?'s World Orchestra will perform an evening of 19th-century work (by the usual suspects -- Beethoven, Saint SaE1/2ns, Liszt and Mozart) all inspired by classical Greece.
This reserve maintains its own resistance, however, so as to hover penultimately, placing itself before a horizon of anticipation, though generically going no further.
In the penultimately stressed groups, no SH ends in a vowel, except for the first category ([C.sub.1.sup.2][??]CV(C)).
Each human sense and sensibility needs to be engaged and put into creative dialogue, first with itself, then with all the others (the many), penultimately brought together in integrative fashion in the human person (the one), and ultimately with The One, who as Impersonal/Person is The-Many-in-the-One--who, as St.
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Six, penultimately. Round 9: Keep it in the family.
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