conclusion

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

Essential Meaning of conclusion

1 : a final decision or judgment : an opinion or decision that is formed after a period of thought or research What is your conclusion? [=what do you conclude?] The evidence does not support the report's conclusions. See More ExamplesThe evidence points/leads to the inescapable conclusion that she was negligent. The logical/obvious conclusion is that she was negligent. What led/brought you to that conclusion? After thinking about it, we came to the conclusion [=we decided] that we shouldn't go. Scientists haven't yet reached a conclusion [=made a judgment/decision] on/about the causes of this illness. They haven't yet arrived at a conclusion. Is it possible to draw conclusions [=make judgments] from this evidence?Hide
2 : the last part of something : end
3 : the act of concluding or finishing something or the state of being finished We had hoped for a quick conclusion of/to the war. [=had hoped that the war would end quickly] The case was finally brought to a conclusion [=was finally concluded] last week. See More Examplesthe conclusion of a business deal The case was finally brought to conclusion last week.Hide

Full 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web When a friend's behavior toward you changes or is baffling, the most obvious conclusion would be to wonder what might be going on in her own life. Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2022 On top of that, talent is overwhelmingly a priority as the labor force reaches the conclusion that climbing the career ladder isn’t all it's cut out to be. Aman Kidwai, Fortune, 5 Jan. 2022 Unfortunately, those employers who have failed to implement the tools needed to measure productivity may simply default to the conclusion, true or not, that productivity has suffered with remote work. Michele Bailey, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 Many viewers following this puzzle box Showtime drama have arrived at the conclusion that Adam is really Javi, Coach Martinez's young son who came on the Yellowjackets trip to Nationals with his older sibling Travis. Nick Romano, EW.com, 5 Jan. 2022 The lack of recovery in participation of older workers leads to the conclusion that early retirement -- whether forced or voluntary -- is a big part of the participation rate puzzle. Anneken Tappe, CNN, 25 Dec. 2021 The uncertainties brought on by the coronavirus pandemic appear to have something to do with it, leading many people to reevaluate their priorities and come to the conclusion that their jobs are too stressful or unsatisfying. Sarah Shemkus, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Dec. 2021 The topic of rakes has, of course, been previously discussed in this column, and This Author has come to the conclusion that there are rakes, and there are Rakes. Sam Gillette, PEOPLE.com, 10 Nov. 2021 Peterson came to the conclusion after performing an autopsy on the 3-year-old, whose remains were found by police Thursday. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Oct. 2021

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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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17 Jan 2022

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“Conclusion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conclusion. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for conclusion

conclusion

noun
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.

conclusion

noun
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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