What does ultimatum mean?

Definitions for ultimatumˌʌl təˈmeɪ təm, -ˈmɑ-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ultimatum(noun)

    a final peremptory demand


  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


  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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ultimatum in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ultimatum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Carl DeMaio:

    Once Josh Newman is recalled, we will issue an ultimatum : either you rescind the tax or we will go after you.

  2. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras:

    Our responsibility is for the future of our country. This responsibility obliges us to respond to the ultimatum through the sovereign will of the Greek people.

  3. President Trump:

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued an ultimatum to Russia on Tuesday: Side with the U.S. and likeminded countries on Syria, or embrace Iran, militant group Hezbollah and embattled Syrian leader Bashar Assad. As he embarked on a trip to Moscow following urgent meetings in Italy with top diplomats, Tillerson said it was unclear whether Russia had failed to take seriously its obligation to rid Syria of chemical weapons, or had merely been incompetent. But he said the distinction ‘doesn't much matter to the dead.’ ‘We cannot let this happen again,’ the secretary of state said.

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