con·clu·sion | \kən-ˈklü-zhən \

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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There was no other conclusion after reassembling our panel of brewers from last summer’s macro beer tasting to taste 15 light lagers blind. Josh Noel,, "Can craft brewers make good light beer? Our tasting pits them against Bud, Miller, Coors, more," 12 July 2018 Those are the conclusions of two new reports out this week. Emily Stewart, Vox, "America’s getting $10 trillion in tax cuts, and 20% of them are going the richest 1%," 11 July 2018 The Cheech’ in Riverside is a most fortuitous and logical conclusion to his search for a significant permanent home for his unprecedented collection. George Varga,, "Cheech Marin of Cheech & Chong talks about pot, comedy, music, golf and his Chicano art museum," 11 July 2018 Croatia’s place in the World Cup semifinals is not the natural conclusion of an intelligent, long-term project. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Belgium’s Blueprint, Croatia’s Chaos, and the Murky Path to World Cup Glory," 10 July 2018 Well, because the fact is that also in the public record is the conclusion of that meeting. NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 8, 2018," 8 July 2018 That is a conclusion that investors are coming around to: Futures markets now put the chances of two more hikes at 51%. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "For Stocks, It’s the Economy Vs. a World of Hurt," 19 June 2018 Sure, Manafort having his bail revoked is not the presidency-ending conclusion for which some dedicated Mueller-watchers are eagerly waiting. Luke Darby, GQ, "Paul Manafort, the Campaign Manager Trump Barely Remembers, Is Headed to Jail," 15 June 2018 Now that would be the ultimate conclusion to this crazy story. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Pete Davidson's Other Ex Shares Her Thoughts On His Speedy Engagement," 13 June 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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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 \

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 \

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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