from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The close or last part; the end or finish.
  • noun The result or outcome of an act or process.
  • noun A judgment or decision reached after deliberation. synonym: decision.
  • noun A final arrangement or settlement, as of a treaty.
  • noun Law The formal closing of a legal complaint or pleading.
  • noun The proposition that must follow from the major and minor premises in a syllogism.
  • noun The proposition concluded from one or more premises; a deduction.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The end, close, or termination; the final part: as, the conclusion of a journey.
  • noun Final result; outcome; upshot.
  • noun Determination; final decision.
  • noun A proposition concluded or inferred from premises; the proposition toward which an argumentation tends, or which is established by it; also, rarely, the act of inference.
  • noun In grammar, that clause of a conditional sentence which states the consequence of the proposition assumed in the condition or protasis; the apodosis.
  • noun In rhetoric, the last main division of a discourse; that part in which, the discussion being finished, its bearings are deduced or its points are summed up; a peroration, application, or recapitulation.
  • noun An experiment; a tentative effort for determining anything. [Obsolete except in the phrase to try conclusions.]
  • noun In law: The effect of an act by which he who did it is bound not to do anything inconsistent therewith; an estoppel.
  • noun The end of a pleading or conveyance.
  • noun A finding or determination.
  • noun Something which is certain to be done or to happen: as, it is a foregone conclusion that he will be elected.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The last part of anything; close; termination; end.
  • noun Final decision; determination; result.
  • noun Any inference or result of reasoning.
  • noun (Logic) The inferred proposition of a syllogism; the necessary consequence of the conditions asserted in two related propositions called premises. See Syllogism.
  • noun Poetic Drawing of inferences.
  • noun obsolete An experiment, or something from which a conclusion may be drawn.
  • noun The end or close of a pleading, e.g., the formal ending of an indictment, “against the peace,” etc.
  • noun An estoppel or bar by which a person is held to a particular position.
  • noun (Law) the conclusion of a pleading by which a party “puts himself upon the country,” i.e., appeals to the verdict of a jury.
  • noun In short.
  • noun to make a trial or an experiment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The end, finish, close or last part of something.
  • noun The outcome or result of a process or act.
  • noun A decision reached after careful thought.
  • noun logic In an argument or syllogism, the proposition that follows as a necessary consequence of the premises.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the last section of a communication
  • noun a final settlement
  • noun the act of making up your mind about something
  • noun event whose occurrence ends something
  • noun the temporal end; the concluding time
  • noun a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration
  • noun an intuitive assumption
  • noun the act of ending something
  • noun the proposition arrived at by logical reasoning (such as the proposition that must follow from the major and minor premises of a syllogism)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English conclusioun, from Old French conclusion, from Latin conclūsiō, conclūsiōn-, from conclūsus, past participle of conclūdere, to end; see conclude.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old (and modern) French conclusion, or Latin conclusio, from the past participle stem of concludere ‘conclude’.


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  • JM knows some folk who reach a conclusion because that’s the place where they got tired of thinking.

    July 17, 2011