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Definition most extreme as in final, best, worst, most important, or most fundamental
The exact meaning of ultimate depends upon its context. For example:
  • "the ultimate decision-maker" — the final
  • "the ultimate car" — the best
  • "the ultimate insult" — the worst
  • "the ultimate source" — original or most fundamental
  • "the ultimate sacrifice" — most extreme
  • The president has ultimate responsibility for directing a war.
ultimate = final
  • It is the ultimate gaming machine.
  • ultimate = best
  • Planning to get drunk and then drive is the ultimate in stupidity.
  • ultimate = worst (most extreme)
  • Random mutation is the ultimate source of genetic variation.
  • ultimate = most fundamental
  • Ultimately, I'd like to get a good job.
  • ultimately = in the end
  • When everything was included, the ultimate cost was just over $200.
  • ultimate = final
  • Every death and every sacrifice are well worth the ultimate outcome.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • I felt a sense of ultimate satisfaction, of perfect harmony between artistic and technical knowledge.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao's Last Dancer
  • In an ultimate sense I cannot know what I do in this place—yet I do ultimate things.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • In an ultimate sense I cannot know what I do in this place—yet I do ultimate things.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • TAHADDI AL-BURHAN: an ultimate test from which there can be no appeal (usually because it brings death or destruction).
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • And even if the tyrant's protestations were insincere, which they ultimately had to be, no matter her intentions at this moment, still she was right.
    Ann Leckie  --  Ancillary Justice
  • But ultimately I do not believe that she was only matter.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • I look back on my Little Rock integration experience as ultimately a positive force that shaped the course of my life.
    Melba Pattillo Beals  --  Warriors Don't Cry
  • Ultimately, returning to this country, he was thrown into jail for debt, and there perished miserably, as such high spirits generally do.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • So ultimately Ghosh gave the textbook and bookmark to Shiva, and the letter to me, but hidden from me.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Ultimately it's unimportant.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • He had undergone inner changes too, and he credited those to Nina—though he continued to refuse the ultimate gift that she could give him.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • He looked toward Miss Hastings and back to me, saying, "I could use part of the charitable trust to spread the ultimate gift all around the world."
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • Knowing this was the answer, the ultimate hunt.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die

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