Definitions for ultimatumˌʌl təˈmeɪ təm, -ˈmɑ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ul•ti•ma•tum*ˌʌl təˈmeɪ təm, -ˈmɑ-(n.)(pl.)-tums, -ta

  1. 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.

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Origin of ultimatum:

1725–35; < NL, n. use of neut. of LL ultimatus

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ultimatum(noun)

    a final peremptory demand

Wiktionary

  1. ultimatum(Noun)

    a final statement of terms or conditions made by one party to another, especially one that expresses a threat of reprisal or war

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ultimatum(noun)

    a final proposition, concession, or condition; especially, the final propositions, conditions, or terms, offered by either of the parties in a diplomatic negotiation; the most favorable terms a negotiator can offer, the rejection of which usually puts an end to the hesitation

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  1. Ultimatum

    An ultimatum is a demand whose fulfillment is requested in a specified period of time and which is backed up by a threat to be followed through in case of noncompliance. An ultimatum is generally the final demand in a series of requests. As such, the time allotted is usually short, and the request is understood not to be open to further negotiation. The threat which backs up the ultimatum can vary depending on the demand in question and on the other circumstances. The word is used in diplomacy to signify the final terms submitted by one of the parties in negotiation for settlement of any subject of disagreement. It is accompanied by an intimation as to how refusal will be regarded. English diplomacy has devised the adroit reservation that refusal will be regarded as an "unfriendly act", a phrase which serves as a warning that the consequences of the rupture of negotiations will be considered from the point of view of forcing a settlement. This opens up a variety of possibilities, such as good offices, mediation, the appointment of a commission of inquiry, arbitration, reprisals, pacific blockade and war.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

ultimatum(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.

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