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 By accident or design, this representation is perfectly constructed to give a sense of cinematic finality. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 And the men’s final ended when Latvia hit a walk-off two-pointer to beat Russia, a reminder of the swift finality the sport can offer. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 In the past a report like this would give some sense of finality., 3 Aug. 2021 The movie is preoccupied with literal remains—corpses and skeletons—not as symbols of finality but as heralds of an essential porousness between the realms of the living and the dead. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 Kemp stayed in the outfield for a length of time before at last marching slowly after them, accepting the finality. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 July 2021 Despite the ostensible finality of that 2011 MSG gig, LCD Soundsystem notably reunited just four years later for a run of festival shows. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 7 July 2021 President Trump’s claims and attempted delegitimizing of his successor’s victory could not have been eviscerated with more finality. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 3 July 2021 But Friday’s double-championship-header elicited emotion and finality. Mitch Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 June 2021

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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 25 Sep. 2021.

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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 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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