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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Its message isn't subtle, but it is delivered with deadly, haunting finality. Michael O'sullivan,, "'Loveless' review: Lost boy in a lost Russia," 1 Mar. 2018 Instead of finality, Wood’s death only seemed to provoke questions, and three decades later, in 2011, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reopened the investigation. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, "What Really Happened to Natalie Wood?," 29 Nov. 2018 But even though the season ended with a note of finality, all the plot momentum in the last episode also means that there’s no shortage of fertile ground for the show’s second season to explore. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 2: Questions We Need to Be Answered After That Finale," 26 Oct. 2018 Leading the charge was cleric Khadim Rizvi's political party, which won three provincial seats in southern Sindh province by campaigning on a single issue — the finality of the Prophet Muhammad. Fox News, "Pakistan's Ahmadis fearful as leaders bow to extremists," 28 Sep. 2018 There had been smoke for this fire for some time, but despite Vieira's best attempts to play down and dispute the talk, the finality appears to be here. Avi Creditor,, "The MLS XI, Week 15: Au Revoir, Patrick Vieira," 11 June 2018 There’s a certain appreciation for the cut-and-dry finality of the upcoming game, but the Retrievers have been in playoff mode since suffering a 10-7 loss at UMass Lowell on March 31. Edward Lee,, "Stage is set for UMBC men’s lacrosse to grab spot in America East tournament," 22 Apr. 2018 The last time there was no sense of the moment, sense of finality, sense of closure. Ira Winderman,, "Winderman: Suddenly, Wade is Heat of the moment | Commentary," 22 Apr. 2018 Despite the finality of the pig pen to plate path, governing rules exist. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "They stabbed pigs in the heart on his orders. He's the one looking at federal prison," 25 June 2018

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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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