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A final demand or statement of terms, the rejection of which will result in retaliation or a breakdown in relations.‘their employers issued an ultimatum demanding an immediate return to work’
- ‘At issue was an ultimatum issued for a crackdown on the privatization of health care.’
- ‘Their modus operandi of presenting ultimatums while refusing to negotiate can only mean that this administration is not seriously interested in obtaining compliance.’
- ‘He linked the ultimatum directly to the needs of international investors.’
- ‘In recent years he has repeatedly issued ultimatums demanding that area plants become more profitable.’
- ‘Union officers are defying the council ultimatum and continuing the jobs they were elected to.’
- ‘A mass meeting in Dundee faced down an ultimatum from council bosses.’
- ‘Three days later, Coop management locked out workers following an ultimatum to accept the contract.’
- ‘The workers were sacked a week later because they ignored an ultimatum ordering them back to work.’
- ‘As the film itself points out, they had virtually issued an ultimatum to this country with its oil embargo.’
- ‘On February 21 the council gave him an ultimatum of resigning or being sacked.’
- ‘He reacted by demanding that he should not be confronted with an ultimatum.’
- ‘Instead, he issued an ultimatum to the people who are suffering under this occupation.’
- ‘Every attempt to accommodate to the demands has been met by new ultimatums.’
- ‘Whether true or not, the story was quickly seized upon to issue its ultimatum.’
- ‘The editorial amounts to an ultimatum to carry out the bidding of the extreme right.’
- ‘This should be an ultimatum - accept new terms and conditions or think about an alternative career.’
- ‘Although she rejected the ultimatum, she is clearly on the defensive.’
- ‘The teachers resigned in protest at a government ultimatum that they either return to their jobs or be sacked.’
- ‘These moves fulfill an ultimatum made to last term's Union President.’
- ‘He accepted an improved offer, which they got after facing down an ultimatum from the council.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin, neuter past participle of ultimare come to an end.
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