con·​clu·​sion | \ kən-ˈklü-zhən How to pronounce conclusion (audio) \

Definition of conclusion

1a : a reasoned judgment : inference The obvious conclusion is that she was negligent.
b : the necessary consequence of two or more propositions taken as premises especially : the inferred proposition of a syllogism
2 : the last part of something The team was exhausted at the conclusion of the game. : such as
a : result, outcome The peace talks came to a successful conclusion.
b conclusions plural : trial of strength or skill used in the phrase try conclusions
c : a final summation the counsel's conclusion to the jury
d : the final decision in a law case
e : the final part of a pleading in law
3 : an act or instance of concluding hoped for a quick conclusion to the war

Examples of conclusion in a Sentence

The evidence does not support the report's conclusions. The evidence points to the inescapable conclusion that she was negligent. The logical conclusion is that she was negligent. What led you to that conclusion? They haven't yet arrived at a conclusion. the conclusion of a business deal The case was finally brought to conclusion last week. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The board is expected to make a decision this week at the conclusion of what’s expected to be a four-day hearing. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 24 May 2022 Goodell told reporters in a press conference at the conclusion of the meeting. cleveland, 24 May 2022 Additional details about Edwards’ mistaken release from jail will be released at the conclusion of the internal investigation, according to the sheriff’s office. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 23 May 2022 Investors are calling for a three-quarter-point rate hike at the conclusion of the Fed’s June meeting, despite Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s assurances that an increase that high isn’t on the table. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 22 May 2022 Mulaney reportedly came onstage and hugged Chappelle at the conclusion of the opening set. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 21 May 2022 Jeffrey Coopersmith, an attorney for Mr. Balwani, also made a verbal motion for an acquittal of his client at the conclusion of the government’s case. Heather Somerville, WSJ, 20 May 2022 Delaney-Smith was an enthusiastic supporter of all speakers, the first to stand and clap at the conclusion of speeches and to congratulate every woman who took the podium. Sarah Barber,, 20 May 2022 At the conclusion of their visit to Philadelphia, the Dodgers head to Washington on Monday for the first of three games against the Nationals. John Scheibe, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of conclusion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for conclusion

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin conclusion-, conclusio, from concludere — see conclude

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“Conclusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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con·​clu·​sion | \ kən-ˈklü-zhən How to pronounce conclusion (audio) \

Kids Definition of conclusion

1 : final decision reached by reasoning I came to the conclusion that the plan won't work.
2 : the last part of something
3 : a final settlement We had hoped for a quick conclusion of the conflict.


con·​clu·​sion | \ kən-ˈklü-zhən How to pronounce conclusion (audio) \

Legal Definition of conclusion

1 : a judgment or opinion inferred from relevant facts our conclusion upon the present evidenceMissouri v. Illinois, 200 U.S. 496 (1905)
2a : a final summarizing (as of a closing argument)
b : the last or closing part of something
3 : an opinion or judgment offered without supporting evidence specifically : an allegation made in a pleading that is not based on facts set forth in the pleading

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