conclusion

noun
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

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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.
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Pioneer disagreed with the Journal’s conclusions about the performance of its wells. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "CEO of Shale Driller Pioneer Natural Resources Retires Abruptly," 21 Feb. 2019 On the runways, Matty Bovan's new-school and Vivienne Westwood’s old-school punk visions both came to the same conclusion: a statement lip is the simplest way to mouth off. Vogue, "The Statement Lip Is London’s Street Style Beauty Takeaway," 20 Feb. 2019 Some scientists were worried that the White House would tamper with the report’s conclusions, leading some researchers to leak drafts of the report. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The National Climate Assessment shows that the costs of doing nothing on climate change are immense.," 26 Nov. 2018 Only Hart’s face has mattered in this unlikely Flyers resurgence, and that will remain the case until this in-season turnaround plays out to its natural conclusion. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Former Everett Silvertips goalie Carter Hart putting on one-man show to keep Philadelphia Flyers in playoff hunt," 11 Feb. 2019 No one has been able to prove Steve Hodel wrong—but as his theories have continued to spiral, encompassing more and more unsolved murders, experts have become increasingly divided about his conclusions. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The True Story of I Am the Night: How the Black Dahlia and George Hodel Were Connected," 10 Feb. 2019 But the report may have limited effect because, notably, no Republicans signed onto its conclusions — and building bipartisan support for new federal assistance could be difficult with less than four months to go before the midterms. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: House Democrats list states with weakest election security in new report," 13 July 2018 But that should be the start of the debate, not its conclusion. The Economist, "How policy debates in Europe become untethered from reality," 12 July 2018 Nick Wood, an attorney representing Vulcan, which was interested in acquiring Mesa's New West mine, had the last word before Gilbert launched into his conclusion. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of conclusion

: 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

noun
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.

conclusion

noun
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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