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.
Recent Examples on the Web About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Bad words, good words, &c.," 17 Mar. 2021 And by the final lines, though time still stretches before her, Dorothy’s desire for finality is externalized in such a subtle, quiet way as to seem nearly satisfying. Los Angeles Times, "An overthinker has a miscarriage in a novel both lurid and painfully cerebral," 4 Mar. 2021 The crushing weight of pending finality engulfed him. oregonlive, "Cyrus Habibi-Likio’s conundrum: Former Oregon Ducks running back’s decision to transfer was ‘super tough’," 27 Feb. 2021 While quarterback is special (more on that below), that finality would not necessarily apply to any other position on the field. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Should Ohio State football try a two-quarterback strategy to open the 2021 season?," 15 Mar. 2021 Weights come crashing down with Monty Python–like finality. Donald Liebenson, Vulture, "25 Essential Episodes of The Muppet Show," 19 Feb. 2021 There is some finality in this, and that means final conclusions will offend or bother some readers. David L. Bahnsen, National Review, "A Final Assessment of the Trump Presidency, and the Path Forward," 17 Jan. 2021 And that makes the finality of it all kind of hit you like a ton of bricks. Mark Maske,, "Aaron Rodgers calls his future ‘uncertain,’ says he needs ‘some time away’," 24 Jan. 2021 But after the Saints' latest painful playoff loss on Sunday, there was a potential finality to it as Brees blew kisses to his family up above. Jeff Nowak | Staff Writer,, "Watch Drew Brees leave Superdome field, possibly for final time, after Saints' playoff loss," 17 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of finality was in 1833

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“Finality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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