finality

noun

fi·​nal·​i·​ty fī-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce finality (audio)
fə-
plural finalities
1
a
: 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

Example Sentences

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

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of finality was in 1833

Dictionary Entries Near finality

Cite this Entry

“Finality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/finality. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

finality

noun
fi·​nal·​i·​ty fī-ˈnal-ət-ē How to pronounce finality (audio)
fə-
plural finalities
1
: the character or state of being final, settled, or complete
2
: something final

Legal Definition

finality

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