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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As more investors come to that conclusion, what is the effect on market prices? The Economist, "The growth of index investing has not made markets less efficient," 5 July 2018 The aggressive methods and subsequent leaking only strengthen that conclusion. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Elizabeth Price Foley, WSJ, "Mueller’s Fruit of the Poisonous Tree," 22 June 2018 If the Hawks start slow and look headed toward an unacceptable second straight playoff-less season, chances are Hawks President and CEO John McDonough would reach that conclusion and run it by Wirtz rather than the other way around. David Haugh,, "Rocky Wirtz on whether his words were a warning to Blackhawks: 'No, I wasn't sending a message'," 22 June 2018 But that conclusion was not before Peñate defended the company’s involvement, writing that Ab InBev had not interfered with the study’s design or execution. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Anheuser-Busch pulls millions from controversial NIH alcohol study," 9 June 2018 That’s one of the conclusions from the marathon briefing in Italy. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Chrysler and Dodge’s days may be numbered despite surviving Friday," 1 June 2018 Admittedly, coming to that conclusion at this exact moment is more about gut feeling than numbers or opponent. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Now is the perfect time to have the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan GOAT debate," 29 May 2018 That may seem hard to believe given Charm City’s struggles with poverty, crime and drugs, but RentCafe recently ran some numbers and came to that conclusion. Christopher Dinsmore,, "Baltimore deemed among nation's top 20 most prosperous cities of the new millennium," 22 May 2018 But even the president, who has frequently praised the agency's work under Pruitt, came to the conclusion that the former Oklahoma attorney general's professional achievements were not worth the steady media drip of Pruitt's personal peccadilloes. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Trump EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns as ethical scandals mount," 5 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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