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finality

[fahy-nal-i-tee]
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noun, plural fi·nal·i·ties for 2.
  1. the state, quality, or fact of being final; conclusiveness or decisiveness.
  2. something that is final; an ultimate act, utterance, belief, etc.
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Origin of finality

First recorded in 1535–45; final + -ity
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  • "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

finality

noun plural -ties
  1. the condition or quality of being final or settled; conclusivenessthe finality of death
  2. a final or conclusive act
  3. metaphysics the doctrine of the efficacy of final causesCompare teleology
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Word Origin and History for finality

n.

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

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