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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Carr, in what feels like a revelatory move for a documentarian investigating a true-crime case, never seems to come down on a single side or offer up a finite conclusion. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Cultural Fault Lines of I Love You, Now Die," 10 July 2019 The study doesn’t draw a cause-and-effect conclusion about PPA and autism. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF researchers find link between processed foods and autism," 8 July 2019 That's the conclusion of an international team of scientists, who published the results of their forensic analysis in a recent paper in PLOS ONE. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study concludes 33,000-year-old skull shows signs of blunt-force trauma," 6 July 2019 This month’s World Pride Month celebrations came to a climactic conclusion on Sunday with the annual New York City Pride march down Fifth Avenue. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Our Favorite Instagram Rainbow Hair Moments From Pride Month," 1 July 2019 The two young police officers, one of the conspirators' wives, and one of its victims as well, fashion a conclusion that, although not entirely lawful, is justice nonetheless. Bruce Desilva, Dallas News, "A vile conspiracy is taken down in long-awaited novel 'Big Sky'," 25 June 2019 All in all, the mass rejection is an unfortunate but fitting conclusion to an awful two-year stretch for Pac-12 basketball. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: NBA Draft results in six Pac-12 players selected and six early-entries shunned," 21 June 2019 Garcia challenged this summary, suggesting that that was not the conclusion of his work, but was unsuccessful. SI.com, "Michel Platini: The Former UEFA President's Controversial Career in Football Politics," 18 June 2019 When Deadwood was canceled after its third season, Milch promised fans that one day there would be a conclusion. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "The Outlaw World of Deadwood," 6 June 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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