conclusion
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /kənˈkluːʒən/
Noun

conclusion (plural conclusions)

  1. The end, finish, close or last part of something.
    • A flourish of trumpets announced the conclusion of the contest.
  2. The outcome or result of a process or act.
  3. A decision reached after careful thought.
    • 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
      And the conclusion is, she shall be thine.
    The board has come to the conclusion that the proposed takeover would not be in the interest of our shareholders.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page vii:
      With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get {{...}
  4. (logic) In an argument or syllogism, the proposition that follows as a necessary consequence of the premises.
    • 9 April 1716, Joseph Addison, The Freeloader No. 32
      He granted him both the major and minor, but denied him the conclusion.
  5. (obsolete) An experiment, or something from which a conclusion may be drawn.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis
      We practice likewise all conclusions of grafting and inoculating.
  6. (legal) The end or close of a pleading, e.g. the formal ending of an indictment, "against the peace", etc.
  7. (legal) An estoppel or bar by which a person is held to a particular position.
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