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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And in a year that included the record-breaking theater debut of Avengers: Endgame and marks the conclusion of Game of Thrones, there are plenty of favorites to choose from. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The MTV Movie and TV Awards Announce 2019 Nominees, Including "Riverdale," "To All the Boys," and "Avengers: Endgame"," 14 May 2019 Carrie Fisher’s tragic death in 2016 changed Disney’s plans for the conclusion of this trilogy in major ways. John Gilpatrick, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the Future of Star Wars," 10 May 2019 Speculation has been wild about Baby Sussex, with people reaching for explanations about why Markle hasn't given birth yet, instead of the logical conclusion that even royals can't control nature. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Spending Their Time Waiting for the Royal Baby," 4 May 2019 Yes, the GoT creators are under pressure to give us an epic, satisfying conclusion, and what better way to do that than kill the Mad Queen? Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Why Cersei Lannister Should Survive the End of 'Game of Thrones'," 30 Apr. 2019 Most of these results are preliminary, and many of them are conclusions from animal studies. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 Ahead of its sure-to-be-mind-blowing conclusion, Adidas joined forces with Game of Thrones to design a line inspired by the houses and major players of the Seven Kingdoms. Allure, "Adidas Released a Collection of," 25 Mar. 2019 These were the illogical conclusion of Bluetooth, Tony Hawk video games, and lots of money. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Rode a Boosted Board From New York to Philadelphia," 27 Dec. 2018 But the new evidence suggests that the main conclusion of the experiment — the one that has been republished in psychology textbooks for years — doesn’t necessarily hold up. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 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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