conclusion

noun con·clu·sion \ kən-ˈklü-zhən \

Definition of conclusion

1 a :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

  1. The evidence does not support the report's conclusions.

  2. The evidence points to the inescapable conclusion that she was negligent.

  3. The logical conclusion is that she was negligent.

  4. What led you to that conclusion?

  5. They haven't yet arrived at a conclusion.

  6. the conclusion of a business deal

  7. The case was finally brought to conclusion last week.

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Origin and Etymology of conclusion

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



CONCLUSION Defined for English Language Learners

conclusion

noun

Definition of conclusion for English Language Learners

  • : a final decision or judgment : an opinion or decision that is formed after a period of thought or research

  • : the last part of something

  • : the act of concluding or finishing something or the state of being finished


CONCLUSION Defined for Kids

conclusion

noun con·clu·sion \ kən-ˈklü-zhən \

Definition of conclusion for Students

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.

Law Dictionary

conclusion

noun con·clu·sion \ kən-ˈklü-zhən \

legal Definition of conclusion

1 :a judgment or opinion inferred from relevant facts
  • our conclusion upon the present evidence
  • Missouri v. Illinois, 200 U.S. 496 (1905)
2 a :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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