fi·nal·i·ty | \fī-ˈna-lə-tē, 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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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 That Game 6 loss was distressing both because of the final score and because of its finality. Ben Golliver,, "James Harden’s Reputation Hangs on His Response to Steph Curry’s ‘Haymaker’," 21 May 2018 Some critics consider cloning another act of denial in a long line of them—denying even the finality of extinction. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger," 16 Jan. 2012 Apparently, many players weren't happy with the finality of that decision and missed Chloe's presence in the game's menus. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "New Detroit patch offers major changes to an affecting story moment," 11 June 2018 Find freedom in the finality and embrace this renewal. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What June's Scorpio Horoscope Means for You," 29 May 2018 As the last 10 laps or so slowly dripped away, the finality of Busch's accomplishment began to set in. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Kyle Busch makes NASCAR history with long-awaited 600 victory | Charlotte Observer," 27 May 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 \

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- \

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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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