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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Recent Examples on the Web When this informs decisions on whom to admit to hospital during a pandemic, more black than white patients are sent home on the mistaken conclusion that their blood-oxygen levels are within a safe range. The Economist, "Working in the dark Design bias is harmful, and in some cases may be lethal," 10 Apr. 2021 Despite this trial conclusion in September 2020, the medical community remained divided on whether or not to use plasma. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, "To tackle the raging second wave, India needs faster updates to its Covid-19 treatment protocols," 8 Apr. 2021 In November, the company reached the conclusion that 29 to 33 barrels of diluent were released into the ground. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "DNR orders Enbridge to test groundwater, additional soil after 2019 underground petroleum leak near Fort Atkinson," 7 Apr. 2021 This conclusion is drawn not only from other references to Nero in Revelation, but also from his reputation in the first century for persecuting Christians in Rome. Eric M. Vanden Eykel, The Conversation, "No, the COVID-19 vaccine is not linked to the mark of the beast – but a first-century Roman tyrant probably is," 7 Apr. 2021 The Education Department could accept or reject its predecessor’s non-binding memo, or reach an alternative conclusion. Zack Friedman, Forbes, "Student Loan Forgiveness Review Could Lead To Student Loan Cancellation, But There’s One Problem," 6 Apr. 2021 Following the Challenge Cup's conclusion, the 24-game regular season will begin. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Racing Louisville FC announces 22-player roster ahead of club's debut," 5 Apr. 2021 Despite the labor board’s conclusion, Amazon asserts that the women were actually fired for violating internal company policies. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Labor board finds Amazon illegally fired workers who spoke against company," 5 Apr. 2021 The Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago, the union representing rank-and-file officers, said video evidence would support the conclusion that the officer’s actions in the shooting had been justified., "Chicago to release video of deadly police shooting of a 13-year-old," 5 Apr. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Conclusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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