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 On the flip side, though, the Apple Messages app has for years played by a certain set of rules, relegating texts from non-iPhone users that flow into the app to ugly green bubble status with an inviolable finality. Andy Meek, BGR, 20 June 2022 The finality of it all hit Susac and the rest of the Wildcats when the Rebels recorded the last out of the NCAA Tournament’s Coral Gables Regional. Michael Lev, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2022 The film’s prevailing solemnity ultimately makes its shards of paranoia and disclosures about the compromises of counterterrorism agents more unsettling, and the brutal finality of its outcome more chilling. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Apr. 2022 Sangok’s return is a terminal one, and her every visit, excursion, and encounter has the emotional and symbolic power of finality. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 5 May 2022 The soundtrack of the final episodes maintains that same spirit of the previous 37 episodes, but with a feeling of finality in the form of experimentation. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 29 Apr. 2022 The actors did not return to the stage or otherwise signal finality. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 3 May 2022 The impending finality has weighed heavily on the twins, especially Logan. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 25 Mar. 2022 After years of delays, Johnson is hesitant to speak with any finality about the timeline, instinctively leaving wiggle room for dates to change in the later groups, should unforeseen issues arise. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 12 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Finality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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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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