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 Taken to its logical conclusion, this approach might demand radical political change. Grace Huckins, Wired, "Mental Health in the US is Suffering—Will It Go Back to Normal?," 8 Sep. 2020 So far, its conclusion is that there are likely to be heart complications, even in patients who had mild COVID-19 symptoms. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Evidence slowly building for long-term heart problems post-COVID-19," 3 Sep. 2020 The Kiel Institute argued container shipping activity in key areas supported its conclusion, with ship movements in the Americas, Asia and Europe normalizing. Fortune, "Global trade is recovering faster from COVID-19 than it did from the 2008 crisis," 1 Sep. 2020 Even so, as Hazony remarks in his conclusion: At this point, most of the alternatives that existed a few years ago are gone. John O'sullivan, National Review, "Conventions in a Time of Revolution," 27 Aug. 2020 After a whirlwind last month, the WNBA regular season is approaching its conclusion, with the final regular season games set for two weeks from Saturday. Alexa Philippou,, "Former UConn stars Crystal Dangerfield, Katie Lou Samuelson have acclimated well to new teams inside the WNBA bubble; Moriah Jefferson suffers season-ending injury," 25 Aug. 2020 The season might not even reach its conclusion, despite the OHSAA's desire to do so by shortening the season to a Nov. 21 climax. Matt Goul, cleveland, "High school football power rankings: Meet the area’s top 50 teams entering 2020," 24 Aug. 2020 Attorneys representing Kelly Stephens’ parents last week requested the department’s Office of Special Prosecutions reevaluate its conclusion that the shooting by Officer James Esbenshade was legally justified. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Prosecutors won’t seek charges in Juneau officer-involved shooting," 22 Aug. 2020 An arbitrator and a San Francisco Superior Court judge disagreed in 2018, and their conclusion was upheld Tuesday by the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco. Bob Egelko,, "State court rules Warriors must pay Oakland, Alameda County for arena renovations," 18 Aug. 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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13 Sep 2020

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“Conclusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 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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