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Idioms about conclusion

    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

1300–50; Middle English <Latin conclūsiōn- (stem of conclūsiō), equivalent to conclūs(us) closed, past participle of conclūdere (conclūd- to conclude + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn--ion

synonym study for conclusion

1. See end1.


con·clu·sion·al, adjectivecon·clu·sion·al·ly, adverbnon·con·clu·sion, nounpre·con·clu·sion, noun
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What is a conclusion?

The conclusion is the final section of an essay. It summarizes the points made in the essay and restates the thesis statement in different words.

Students are usually taught to write an essay in three parts, with the first part being the introduction, followed by the body and ending with a conclusion.

While the introduction is often considered the most important part of an essay, the conclusion is often the trickiest part to write. The goal of the conclusion is to summarize all of the major points of the essay without repeating them word for word.

Articles, opinion pieces, blog posts, research papers, and other types of writing also include conclusions to tie all the points together and emphasize their importance.

Why is conclusion important?

The first records of the word conclusion come from around 1300. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb conclūdere, meaning “to end an argument.”

Just like with introductions, your teacher will likely tell you that the conclusion should only be as long as it needs to be to do its job.

To write a good conclusion, you often begin with a transition and restate your thesis using different wording from the introduction. Next, you’ll repeat the main points you made in the body using the same wording and without introducing any new information or arguments. You can then end your conclusion with a thought-provoking statement or a call to action that demonstrates the importance of the essay’s topic.

The most important job of the conclusion is to tie everything together and to avoid rambling or repeating things that have already been said.

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Because the conclusion comes last in an essay, writers often write it last. This can make writing the conclusion easier because you know what your introduction and body say.

What are real-life examples of conclusion?

This image gives an example of how an effective conclusion can be used even in an essay covering a complex subject.

While most students aren’t fans of writing conclusions, they often see them as the finish line of essay writing.

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The conclusion repeats the thesis statement and summarizes the main points of the essay.

How to use conclusion in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for conclusion

/ (kənˈkluːʒən) /


Word Origin for conclusion

C14: via Old French from Latin; see conclude, -ion
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Other Idioms and Phrases with conclusion


see foregone conclusion; jump to a conclusion.

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