ne plus ultra

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Borrowed from Latin nē plūs ultrā.


  • enPR: /nē' plŭs ŭl'trə/


ne plus ultra (plural ne plus ultras)

  1. The highest, ultimate point of achievement which can be reached; perfection.
    • 1837, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Ethel Churchill, volume 2, page 74:
      Suppers were the ne plus ultra of human invention; it could go no further, and was obliged to degenerate; dinner is too much matter of business, it is a necessity: now, a necessity is too like a duty ever to be pleasant.
    • November 30, 2014, Julia Kavanagh, Rome: The ‘ne plus ultra’ of Art[1]
      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 perfect or most extreme example of its kind; the ultimate.
  3. (rare) A prohibition against proceeding further; an insuperable obstacle or limiting condition.




Ellipsis of a subjunctive verb like prōgrediāris (may you advance); or reinterpreted as a negative result clause with ellipsis of fierī possit (so that ... is impossible).



plūs ultra

  1. Alternative form of nōn plūs ultrā (A warning to not go beyond a certain point.)