Pronunciation: (ul'tu-mit), [key]
1. last; furthest or farthest; ending a process or series: the ultimate point in a journey; the ultimate style in hats.
2. maximum; decisive; conclusive: the ultimate authority; the ultimate weapon.
3. highest; not subsidiary: ultimate goal in life.
4. basic; fundamental; representing a limit beyond which further progress, as in investigation or analysis, is impossible: the ultimate particle; ultimate principles.
5. final; total: the ultimate consequences; the ultimate cost of a project.
6. not to be improved upon or surpassed; greatest; unsurpassed: the ultimate vacation spot; the ultimate stupidity.

1. the final point; final result.
2. a fundamental fact or principle.
3. the best, greatest, or most extreme of its kind.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

ultima ratio regumultimate constituent
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