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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ul·ti·mate a.
 1. Farthest; most remote in space or time; extreme; last; final.
    My harbor, and my ultimate repose.   --Milton.
    Many actions apt to procure fame are not conductive to this our ultimate happiness.   --Addison.
 2. Last in a train of progression or consequences; tended toward by all that precedes; arrived at, as the last result; final.
    Those ultimate truths and those universal laws of thought which we can not rationally contradict.   --Coleridge.
 3. Incapable of further analysis; incapable of further division or separation; constituent; elemental; as, an ultimate particle; an ultimate constituent of matter.
 Ultimate analysis Chem., organic analysis. See under Organic.
 Ultimate belief. See under Belief.
 Ultimate ratio Math., the limiting value of a ratio, or that toward which a series tends, and which it does not pass.
 Syn: -- Final; conclusive. See Final.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Be·lief n.
 1. Assent to a proposition or affirmation, or the acceptance of a fact, opinion, or assertion as real or true, without immediate personal knowledge; reliance upon word or testimony; partial or full assurance without positive knowledge or absolute certainty; persuasion; conviction; confidence; as, belief of a witness; the belief of our senses.
    Belief admits of all degrees, from the slightest suspicion to the fullest assurance.   --Reid.
 2. Theol. A persuasion of the truths of religion; faith.
    No man can attain [to] belief by the bare contemplation of heaven and earth.   --Hooker.
 3. The thing believed; the object of belief.
    Superstitious prophecies are not only the belief of fools, but the talk sometimes of wise men.   --Bacon.
 4. A tenet, or the body of tenets, held by the advocates of any class of views; doctrine; creed.
    In the heat of persecution to which Christian belief was subject upon its first promulgation.   --Hooker.
 Ultimate belief, a first principle incapable of proof; an intuitive truth; an intuition.
 Syn: -- Credence; trust; reliance; assurance; opinion.