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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That forum also includes a paper by Gregor Semieniuk, Lance Taylor, and Armon Rezai that reaches similar conclusions. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019 More than a faithful imitation, Adele’s gauzy dress is the logical conclusion of the recent prairie-dress craze. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Adele Transforms Into Another Famous Country Singer on Instagram," 15 Jan. 2019 Of course, a subpoena doesn’t mean the SEC has drawn any conclusions about whether wrongdoing occurred, Sroufe added. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Tesla’s new chairwoman is walking into SEC and DOJ probes," 9 Nov. 2018 The report didn’t contain any conclusions about causes of the crash. Fortune, "Tesla That Caught Fire in Florida Crash Reached 116 MPH," 26 June 2018 Kavanaugh said, adding that the committee is responsible for coming to conclusions of the investigation. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Kavanaugh in fiery exchange with Sen. Durbin over call for FBI probe," 27 Sep. 2018 This led to some conclusions that things were happening deep underground—lifeforms were creating that gas. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Would Life on Mars Be Like?," 25 July 2018 But before Connor's resignation Wednesday, a lawyer for the union representing police officers at the agency reminded people not to pass judgment before the conclusion of the investigation into Connor's conduct, according to the Chicago Tribune. Samantha Schmidt, latimes.com, "Officer resigns after video shows he watched as woman was harassed for wearing Puerto Rico shirt," 12 July 2018 Pioneer disagreed with the Journal’s conclusions about the performance of its wells. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "CEO of Shale Driller Pioneer Natural Resources Retires Abruptly," 21 Feb. 2019

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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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