- the end or close; final part.
- the last main division of a discourse, usually containing a summing up of the points and a statement of opinion or decisions reached.
- a result, issue, or outcome; settlement or arrangement: The restitution payment was one of the conclusions of the negotiations.
- final decision: The judge has reached his conclusion.
- a reasoned deduction or inference.
- Logic. a proposition concluded or inferred from the premises of an argument.
- the effect of an act by which the person performing the act is bound not to do anything inconsistent therewith; an estoppel.
- the end of a pleading or conveyance.
- Grammar. apodosis.
- in conclusion, finally: In conclusion, I would like to thank you for your attention.
- try conclusions with, to engage oneself in a struggle for victory or mastery over, as a person or an impediment.
Origin of conclusion
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Antonyms for conclusion
Related Words for conclusioncompletion, development, closure, ending, denouement, result, consequence, outcome, inference, conviction, agreement, verdict, opinion, settlement, resolution, culmination, finish, eventuality, upshot, finale
Examples from the Web for conclusion
Contemporary Examples of conclusion
Was there an investigation of people at DOJ before they arrived at that conclusion?Ex-CBS Reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s Battle Royale With the Feds
January 9, 2015
In that sense, the last Report was mildly unsatisfying as a conclusion, in that it left so much unresolved.The End of Truthiness: Stephen Colbert’s Sublime Finale
December 19, 2014
Magnum came into being as a cooperative only two years after the conclusion of World War II.A History of Paris in 150 Photographs
December 14, 2014
A civilian commission overruled Beck and rebuked his conclusion.Worse Than Eric Garner: Cops Who Got Away With Killing Autistic Men and Little Girls
December 4, 2014
It is unclear how Trierweiler came to the conclusion that the Élysée had allegedly been ordering the doctors to sedate her.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
November 28, 2014
Historical Examples of conclusion
Let me acknowledge that there was much need of self-persuasion to arrive at this conclusion.
The banquet drew to its conclusion, and the guests departed.The Christmas Banquet (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
I came to the conclusion that I was entirely wrong in my course.Biography of a Slave
Nor was there in this her conclusion anything of chagrin, or pettish self-humiliation.Weighed and Wanting
His quick wits jump to the conclusion that Iago, "this honest creature!"The Man Shakespeare
- end or termination
- the last main division of a speech, lecture, essay, etc
- the outcome or result of an act, process, event, etc (esp in the phrase a foregone conclusion)
- a final decision or judgment; resolution (esp in the phrase come to a conclusion)
- a statement that purports to follow from another or others (the premises) by means of an argument
- a statement that does validly follow from given premises
- an admission or statement binding on the party making it; estoppel
- the close of a pleading or of a conveyance
- in conclusion lastly; to sum up
- jump to conclusions to come to a conclusion prematurely, without sufficient thought or on incomplete evidence
Word Origin for conclusion
late 14c., "deduction or conclusion reached by reasoning," from Old French conclusion "conclusion, result, outcome," from Latin conclusionem (nominative conclusio), noun of action from past participle stem of concludere (see conclude). Also, from late 14c. "the end" (usually of speech or writing), "closing passages of a speech or writing."
see foregone conclusion; jump to a conclusion.