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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Recent Examples on the Web Anyone who looks at the facts is likely to come to one conclusion: It’s time to reopen, carefully and with exceptions. John Delaney, WSJ, "A False Dilemma Fuels the Lockdown Wars," 28 May 2020 The Woods is not alone in making this difficult and unfortunate decision as more cities and entire counties are coming to the same conclusion. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "All licensed public, private swimming pools in metro Detroit to remain closed," 28 May 2020 Another model—from a joint British-U.S. team—came to a similar conclusion, with some reduction in transmission occurring with 53% coverage, but really dramatic declines in transmission rates only occurring with adoption higher than 80%. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Coronavirus apps’ fatal flaw: Almost everyone has to use them or they won’t work," 26 May 2020 This weekend, Netflix launched the final season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, bringing the epic animated saga of magic swords, fairy princesses, and alien cyborg armies to a satisfying conclusion. Christian Holub,, "She-Ra showrunner answers all our burning questions about the final season," 21 May 2020 Simulations favor cold gas, but skeptics have raised questions about the validity of those virtual conclusions. Nola Taylor Redd, Scientific American, "Astronomers Get Earliest Ever Glimpse of Ancient Giant Galaxy," 20 May 2020 But these conclusions don’t apply at an individual level, cautions James Sublett, past president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Lexi Krupp, Popular Science, "Your dog gets allergies for the same reasons you do," 13 May 2020 Bruce Davis, chief executive officer of technology services provider Digimarc Corp. in Beaverton, Oregon, came to the opposite conclusion. Jason Grotto,, "Small Firms Join Rush to Return Loans After Rules Revisions," 12 May 2020 Despite all the family drama that ensues, the finale comes to a happy conclusion when Sean brings his cousin Joe home with him for one of the famous Reagan family dinners and he's welcomed with open arms. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Introduced a Brand New Character in the Season 10 Finale and Fans Were So Surprised," 5 May 2020

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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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The first known use of conclusion was in the 14th century

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1 Jun 2020

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“Conclusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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 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.


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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