noun, plural fi·nal·i·ties for 2.

the state, quality, or fact of being final; conclusiveness or decisiveness.
something that is final; an ultimate act, utterance, belief, etc.

Origin of finality

First recorded in 1535–45; final + -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for finality

Contemporary Examples of finality

Historical Examples of finality

  • "The stolen goods were found in her locker," Gilder declared in a tone of finality.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • She offered no explanation, no excuse, merely stated the fact in all its finality.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • A child has a right to finality as regards its compulsory lessons.

  • Her costume had about it an indubitable air, a finality of perfection in its kind.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • "I never did like blondes," he added, in a tone of finality, and started up the steps.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

British Dictionary definitions for finality


noun plural -ties

the condition or quality of being final or settled; conclusivenessthe finality of death
a final or conclusive act
metaphysics the doctrine of the efficacy of final causesCompare teleology
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for finality

1540s, from Middle French finalité, from Late Latin finalitatem (nominative finalitas) "state of being final," from Latin finalis (see final).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper