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[fahyn-l-ist] /ˈfaɪn l ɪst/
a person entitled to participate in the final or decisive contest in a series, as in musical or athletic competition.
Origin of finalist
First recorded in 1895-1900; final + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Already the finalist theory of life eludes all precise verification.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • This reason is a logical necessity, but the logical necessity does not prove the teleological or finalist necessity.

    Tragic Sense Of Life Miguel de Unamuno
  • The finalist or teleological conception is not any more tenable, for Evolution is not simply the realization of a plan.

    Bergson and His Philosophy J. Alexander Gunn
British Dictionary definitions for finalist


a contestant who has reached the last and decisive stage of a sports or other competition
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for finalist

"competitor remaining after eliminations," 1898, from final + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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