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ultimate problem

Definition of Ultimate Problem

(noun) A universal human problem that exists in all societies or cultures.

Examples of Ultimate Problem

  • Attaining food, clothing, and shelter.
  • death
  • disease

Ultimate Problem Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: ul·ti·mate prob·lem

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /UHl-tuh-muht prAHb-luhm/
  • British English – /UHl-ti-mit prOb-luhm/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈʌltəmət ˈprɑbləm/
  • British English – /ˈʌltɪmɪt ˈprɒbləm/

Usage Note

  • Plural: ultimate problems

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Cite the Definition of Ultimate Problem

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “ultimate problem.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 4, 2020 (http://sociologydictionary.org/ultimate-problem/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

ultimate problem. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/ultimate-problem/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “ultimate problem.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 4, 2020. http://sociologydictionary.org/ultimate-problem/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“ultimate problem.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 4 Jun. 2020. <http://sociologydictionary.org/ultimate-problem/>.