ne plus ultra

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin (not) plūs (more) ultrā (beyond)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: /nē' plŭs ŭl'trə/

Noun[edit]

ne plus ultra (plural ne plus ultras)

  1. The highest, ultimate point of achievement which can be reached; perfection.
    • Julia Kavanagh
      The slight that can be conveyed in a glance, in a gracious smile, in a wave of the hand, is often the ne plus ultra of art.
  2. The highest possible state, degree, or condition of quality.
  3. (rare) A prohibition against proceeding further; an insuperable obstacle or limiting condition.