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Below you will find the definition of ultimatum, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a final peremptory demand
EXAMPLES - Ultimatum in a Sentence
- Be advised that we have an ultimatum from the Chinese. (source)
- Her ultimatum was the push he needed to go to a doctor. (source)
- But I think him throwing down the ultimatum is kinda iffy. (source)
- After an anxious month, he received an ultimatum from the Moslems. (source)
- BLITZER: John, how would the Iraqis react to that kind of ultimatum? (source)
- I therefore tendered him what might be called the ultimatum to this effect. (source)
- Then he remembered that her "ultimatum" to Dingazi had been written in English. (source)
- The WGA late Friday characterized the situation as an "ultimatum" from the producers. (source)
- That may be true, but the very terms in which Volokh has couched the ultimatum is unfair. (source)
- It's practically an ultimatum, which is what lovers do when they're worried about fidelity. (source)
- If the ultimatum is not at once accepted we may look for that dreadful catastrophe, a sex war. (source)
- Furthermore, it's obvious that the ultimatum was a red herring because Osama was not in Afghan custody. (source)
- The games that we invented for this purpose have become known as the ultimatum game and the dictator game. (source)
- These resolutions are also -- this new resolution -- is anticipated also to have some kind of ultimatum to Baghdad. (source)
- So the Air Force delivered a kind of ultimatum, remove the tattoo or kiss your dreams of being in the Air Force goodbye. (source)
- Zille said Zuma's "ultimatum" was another clear indication that Zuma was putting a faction of the party above the people. (source)
- Rather our ultimatum was a response, an attempt to stop a crisis that was already threatening to derail any idea of a settlement. (source)
- I'm sure Obama will consider Senator Clinton, however, this divisive public ultimatum is not helpful to the party to win in November. (source)
- He had in his pocket an ultimatum, that is to say, a final notice to France that she must give in or England would declare war on her. (source)
- But when Kennedy issued an "ultimatum" [p. 232] about opening Dimona to inspections, the Israelis stalled until after his assassination. (source)
- The study, which is published in the journal Nature, sought to test this using a common psychological exercise known as the ultimatum game. (source)
- The basic approach here of a near-term ultimatum is correct, but to put it all together, you have to play the lead role as the United States. (source)
- Yahoo's directors have rejected Microsoft's offer as too low, and in a letter responding to Mr. Ballmer Monday called his ultimatum "counterproductive." (source)
- Some shareholders are bailing on the stock today after the fund's latest offer sounded like a near-term ultimatum that has at least so far led to no deal. (source)
- So what makes you think they can accomplish under this new ultimatum, which is 60 days to reach that goal if they still want to get taxpayer bailout money? (source)
- The opposition Armenian National Congress has called a protest for March 17, after delivering the government what it called an ultimatum earlier this month. (source)
- Now, that's not a market force, that's not cheap labor; that's an ultimatum from the Chinese government saying 'you want to sell here, you gotta produce here.' (source)
- Glover said he was given an "ultimatum" Friday that he either step down or stop using his radio program to promote Fenty in his race against D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. (source)
- Japan has called the ultimatum "extremely regrettable", and Akamatsu stood firm as negotiators from key nations were to meet through Friday in a resort town on Florida's Gulf coast. (source)
- Iran's foreign minister has given the West a one-month 'ultimatum' to accept a uranium swap, giving warning that it will produce its own nuclear fuel for a Tehran reactor if there is no deal. (source)
- The city council and city board of education for Dublin received an ultimatum from a local citizens group in March 2000 -- redraw electoral districts for the city based on recent census figures. (source)
- The study involved a well-researched financial task known as the ultimatum game where one participant is given a sum of money 10 euros in this study and has to decide how to split it with another. (source)
- Sources close to De Beers claim the ultimatum was a bluff by senior executives in London, in order to halve the $100 million payment which De Beers must pay LUKoil if the agreement is finalized with the Kremlin. (source)
- I mean, you've been negotiating for sometime, but are you actually setting some sort of -- I don't want to use the word "ultimatum" -- something along the lines of a demand for specific performance by a certain time? (source)
- And Arab league peace terms ultimatum Media Release: Intervention protesters condemn UN Declaration hypocrisy Does the US and Oz have an exploited majority working class or as Maoists say a corrupted bribed labour aristocracy? (source)
- Microsoft said the offer wasn't an "ultimatum" but rather an attempt to see if Microsoft's offer was sufficient to "form the basis for the parties to engage in negotiations over the weekend on a letter of intent and more detailed term sheets." (source)
- Iran issues 'ultimatum' to West over nuclear swap atomic drive, gave the West an "ultimatum" on Saturday to accept a uranium swap deal or else it will produce its own ... political leadership - like the people at large - had magnificent dreams. (source)
- Alitalia is looking increasingly bleak now that its unions have failed to respond to an ultimatum from the Italian government, and thus thwarted an agreement with a group of Italian investors who are the airline's last remaining hope for survival. (source)
- But in public, that was the strongest signal that he said again and again, we will not accept a deadline, and we reported this early this morning, sources telling us, they will not, they say, accept any kind of ultimatum or deadline, because they say that's a pretext for war. (source)
- VIEW FAVORITES yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Iran gives West nuclear ultimatum'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Iran's foreign minister has given the West a one-month "ultimatum" to accept a uranium swap, giving warning that it will produce its own nuclear fuel for a Tehran reactor if there is no deal.' (source)
- Then the slump, the difficult years; the years when an acute appendicitis seemed to take a malevolent pleasure in coinciding with an ultimatum from the bank; when they tossed on the horns of the professional classes 'eternal dilemma whether to retrench openly, or to bluff things out for the sake of keeping up appearances in front of potential clients. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 50.0, which suggests that "ultimatum" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 12 synonyms for ultimatum.
conditions, demand, final notice, final proposal, final terms, final warning, final word, last chance, last offer, last word, sticking point, warning
We have 0 antonyms for ultimatum.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (ŭlˌtə-māˈtəm, -mäˈ-)
View up to 25 definitions of ultimatum from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A final statement of terms made by one party to another.
- (noun) A statement, especially in diplomatic negotiations, that expresses or implies the threat of serious penalties if the terms are not accepted.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) a final statement of terms or conditions made by one party to another, especially one that expresses a threat of reprisal or war
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (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 that a negotiator can offer, the rejection of which usually puts an end to the hesitation.
- (noun) A final demand, the rejection of which may lead to a resort to force or other compelling action by the party presenting the ultimatum. In international diplomacy, an ultimatum may be used as by the demanding country as a signal to other countries that it gave the other country a seemingly reasonable opportunity to avoid a war; in this way, the demanding country may seek to avoid responsibility for starting a war.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) A final proposal or statement of conditions; especially, in diplomatic negotiations, the final terms of one of the parties, the rejection of which may involve an immediate rupture of diplomatic relations and even lead to a declaration of war.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a final peremptory demand