fi·​nal·​i·​ty | \ fī-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce finality (audio) , fə-\
plural finalities

Definition of finality

1a : the character or condition of being final, settled, irrevocable, or complete
b : the condition of being at an ultimate point especially of development or authority
2 : something final especially : a fundamental fact, action, or belief

Examples of finality in a Sentence

“It won't work,” he said, with an air of finality.

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The dogs didn’t know the sound of bagpipes indicated the start of the service, the finality of goodbye. Los Angeles Times, "These police dogs are trained to help survivors. They’re not here for the bad guys," 22 July 2019 Admittedly an overly sentimental person, Kemper said the busy shooting schedule for the final episode didn't leave too much room to absorb the finality of it all — save, of course, for the sloppy Joe helping at craft service. Yvonne Villarreal,, "Ellie Kemper’s ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ makes a difference by series finale," 7 June 2019 Tenaglia says her quest is driven by the quality of the work, and the sense of finality of it. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Anthony Bourdain left behind a documentary series about Detroit. But will it be seen?," 23 Aug. 2019 Fifty-one bodies had been unearthed by the time Whitehead’s novel was published, more are probably yet to be found, and the final count will not provide finality about how many were dumped in what the boys called Boot Hill. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: ‘The Nickel Boys’: A searing reminder of what’s not unthinkable," 22 Aug. 2019 David is a series that has no kind of finality to it. Stacey Wilson Hunt, Fortune, "Tarell Alvin McCraney Brings His ‘Corner of the World’ to TV in OWN’s ‘David Makes Man’," 12 Aug. 2019 In many science fiction and fantasy worlds, nobody’s completely dead (the series has already brought back characters that met their demise one way or another), however, there is a finality to this loss. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, ""The Magicians" Finale Just Pulled Off Its Most Heart-wrenching Risk Yet," 18 Apr. 2019 The comparison is inexact, though, because the stories of Curtis and Cobain have a finality that Richey’s lacks. Longreads, "Manic Street Preachers’ Album The Holy Bible," 25 June 2019 After all, Article 46 clearly places value on finality. Michael Mccann,, "Could Roger Goodell Change Mind in Disciplining Ezekiel Elliott After Pressed Charges?," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of finality

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for finality

probably borrowed from French finalité, from final final entry 1 + -ité -ity

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English Language Learners Definition of finality

: the quality or state of being final or finished and not able to be changed


fi·​nal·​i·​ty | \ fī-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce finality (audio) \

Kids Definition of finality

: the condition of being final or complete the finality of the decision


fi·​nal·​i·​ty | \ fī-ˈna-lə-tē, fə- How to pronounce finality (audio) \

Legal Definition of finality

1 : the state or condition of being final
2 : the principle that appeals may only be taken from final orders or judgments

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