Ultimately vs Finally - What's the difference?

ultimately | finally |

As adverbs the difference between ultimately and finally

is that ultimately is indicating the last item while finally is at the end or conclusion; ultimately.




  • Indicating the last item.
  • Firstly, ... Secondly, ... Ultimately , ...
  • Indicating the most important action.
  • Ultimately, he will have to make a decision before the end of the week.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 29 , author=Neil Johnston , title=Norwich 3 - 3 Blackburn , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=That Wolves reached half-time on level terms had much to do with the ultimately luckless Hennessey, who was in action in the opening minute to tip away Samir Nasri's shot following a City corner.}}


    * at last * eventually * in the end * at the end of the day




  • At the end or conclusion; ultimately.
  • (sequence) To finish (with); lastly.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town.}}
  • (manner) Definitively, comprehensively.
  • Synonyms

    * at length * at last * endly


    * (ultimately) initially