Definition of ultimatum in English:

ultimatum

noun

  • 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.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Latin, neuter past participle of ultimare come to an end.

Pronunciation:

ultimatum

/ʌltɪˈmeɪtəm/