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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With the prosecution’s conclusion, Perez’s defense begins Friday. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Teen accomplice details how Victoria mosque went up in flames," 12 July 2018 Minutes after the conclusion of the Iowa Corn 300, Robert Wickens was irate. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar in Toronto: 'Eh Team' returns home; Conor Daly returns to field," 12 July 2018 Friday's race begins at Hunter's Creek Sports Park in Star, will work its way up Can Ada Road, west into the 2C and northeast up Chaparral Road, with the conclusion at the drag strip on Highway 16. Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "A brand-new event, and one of Boise's annual traditions. A big cycling weekend is on tap.," 10 July 2018 The timing of the video’s release has not been set, but such a release would deviate from past police shootings in Minnesota because investigative data — including video — is typically not made public before the conclusion of an investigation. Youssef Rddad, The Seattle Times, "Family: Minneapolis police shooting not justified as man ran," 9 July 2018 That’s the conclusion of a study published this week in the Journal of The Royal Society Interface, in which researchers compared the landscape on either side of a 5000-kilometer-long wire mesh dingo fence. Lakshmi Supriya, Science | AAAS, "A fence built to keep out wild dogs out has dramatically altered the Australian landscape," 6 July 2018 Not everyone buys that argument—or the conclusions of the latest paper. Elie Dolgin, Scientific American, "There's No Limit to Longevity, Says Study Reviving Human Life Span Debate," 1 July 2018 That conflicts with Harris' conclusion last year after an investigation by her office. Bob Egelko,, "Calif. Supreme Court upholds law requiring bullet-tracing technology on guns," 28 June 2018 As his visit comes to a close, both nations declared the meetings a success, albeit with vague conclusions. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Defense Secretary Mattis's Visit to China Touted as Successful on Both Sides," 28 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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