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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The Modern Homes program, as the home kit division was called, simply took that philosophy to its conclusion, with the hope that anyone building a brand-new Sears house would furnish it with brand-new Sears goods. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Sears Kit Homes changed housing," 16 Oct. 2018 Its conclusion: The violent pull of the black hole could, in theory, reignite fusion inside the dead star. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Black Holes Reignite Dead Stars and Turn Them Into Zombies," 30 Aug. 2018 Nobel Prize winning Yale economist Robert Shiller asked the same question a few years ago, and here is his conclusion. Eduardo Gruener, miamiherald, "No, your house is not an investment," 9 July 2018 The natural conclusion: Pokémon Go is just another fad that disappeared in a blink, a fameball of Pog proportions. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Quiet, Steady Dominance of Pokémon Go," 6 July 2018 So, Dudebroreg jumped to the conclusion that Sweet Pea is also tagged on Reggie because Reggie is playing his dad and... Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "These "Riverdale" Season 3 Fan Theories Are So Crazy They Might Actually Be True," 24 Sep. 2018 Both Mike and Eleven and Max and Lucas will be couples in Season 3, which picks up a year after the conclusion of Season 2. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stranger Things 3 Will Be "The Biggest Season Yet"," 17 Sep. 2018 In a decision that imposed no conditions, Leon came to the conclusion that the government hadn't proved its case that the vertical merger between the two companies was likely to lessen competition. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Justice Department Appealing Decision Allowing AT&T-Time Warner Merger," 12 July 2018 Maria and Jake Grey have been married for nine years, but have recently come to the conclusion that—at least on paper—a divorce could be better for their family. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Texas Parents Consider Divorce to Afford Child's Health Care," 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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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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