con·​clu·​sion | \ kən-ˈklü-zhən How to pronounce conclusion (audio) \

Definition of conclusion

1a : a reasoned judgment : inference The obvious conclusion is that she was negligent.
b : the necessary consequence of two or more propositions taken as premises especially : the inferred proposition of a syllogism
2 : the last part of something The team was exhausted at the conclusion of the game. : such as
a : result, outcome The peace talks came to a successful conclusion.
b conclusions plural : trial of strength or skill used in the phrase try conclusions
c : a final summation the counsel's conclusion to the jury
d : the final decision in a law case
e : the final part of a pleading in law
3 : an act or instance of concluding hoped for a quick conclusion to the war

Examples of conclusion in a Sentence

The evidence does not support the report's conclusions. The evidence points to the inescapable conclusion that she was negligent. The logical conclusion is that she was negligent. What led you to that conclusion? They haven't yet arrived at a conclusion. the conclusion of a business deal The case was finally brought to conclusion last week. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The department’s conclusion that Gilbert did not die by homicide appears to contradict the findings of a 2016 private autopsy commissioned by Gilbert’s family. Fox News, 13 May 2022 As victims, the Arizona Constitution guarantees a prompt and final conclusion of this matter. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 11 May 2022 That’s the conclusion of a task force formed by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and joined by the Writers Guild East and West and several other creator advocacy organizations. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 That’s the conclusion of researchers who—at the top of the internet-stock bubble around 22 years ago—calculated that a stock portfolio needed to own at least 50 stocks to ensure that its volatility was no greater than that of the market as a whole. Mark Hulbert, WSJ, 7 May 2022 Memories, the drugstore packages said, in a bendy font that faded in thickness, toward the word’s conclusion, to become confetti. Kathleen Alcott, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Hollander, who earned an Emmy nomination for his work on Ray Donovan, most recently co-wrote and directed the drama’s feature-length film conclusion, which closed the book on the show after its season seven cancellation. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Apr. 2022 The 300-400 people who participated in the festivities gathered at the parade’s conclusion at the school to hear from supporters and dignitaries and to cheer for the team. cleveland, 16 Apr. 2022 The Lakers were eliminated from the play-in tournament Tuesday, a disappointing conclusion two seasons after winning the NBA championship in the Orlando bubble. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of conclusion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for conclusion

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin conclusion-, conclusio, from concludere — see conclude

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“Conclusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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con·​clu·​sion | \ kən-ˈklü-zhən How to pronounce conclusion (audio) \

Kids Definition of conclusion

1 : final decision reached by reasoning I came to the conclusion that the plan won't work.
2 : the last part of something
3 : a final settlement We had hoped for a quick conclusion of the conflict.


con·​clu·​sion | \ kən-ˈklü-zhən How to pronounce conclusion (audio) \

Legal Definition of conclusion

1 : a judgment or opinion inferred from relevant facts our conclusion upon the present evidenceMissouri v. Illinois, 200 U.S. 496 (1905)
2a : a final summarizing (as of a closing argument)
b : the last or closing part of something
3 : an opinion or judgment offered without supporting evidence specifically : an allegation made in a pleading that is not based on facts set forth in the pleading

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