Definitions

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

  • adjective Forming or occurring at the end; last.
  • adjective Of or constituting the end result of a succession or process; ultimate: synonym: last.
  • adjective Not to be changed or reconsidered; unalterable.
  • noun Something that comes at or forms the end, especially.
  • noun The last or one of the last of a series of contests.
  • noun The last examination of an academic course.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to the end or conclusion; ultimate; conclusive; last: as, the final issue or event of things; a final effort.
  • Respecting the end or object to be gained; having regard to the purpose or ultimate end in view. See cause, 1.
  • In law: Precluding further controversy on the questions passed upon: as, a statute declaring that the decision of a specified court shall be final.
  • Precluding further controversy on the questions passed upon, except by way of appeal: as, a final accounting by an executor or administrator—that is, an account which has been adjudicated after hearing, or opportunity for objections, as distinguished from a voluntary or unadjudicated account.
  • Determining completely the rights of the parties, so that no further decision upon the merits of the issues is necessary: as, a final judgment or decree—that is, one that is ready for execution, or for review by an appellate court, as distinguished from an interlocutory judgment or decree, or one that is preliminary to a further hearing and decision on details, before its execution or review by appeal.
  • Synonyms Final, Eventual, Ultimate, Conclusive. Final, coming at the end or at last, marks mainly the circumstance of being the last or at the last. Eventual has reference rather more to the outcome of events. Ultimate is like eventual in that respect: an ultimate object is that to which all one's actions tend as their aim and crowning point; in this sense it is a sort of superlative, with ulterior as the corresponding comparative. Conclusive, like decisive, is active; it means final by closing or settling, putting a stop to any further question or procedure: as, a conclusive argument, step, decision.
  • noun That which is last; that which forms an end or termination; specifically, in Gregorian music, the tone in each mode with which melodies must end: in authentic modes the lowest tone, and in plagal modes the fourth tone from the bottom. The final corresponds in part to the modern key-note or tonic.

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

  • adjective Pertaining to the end or conclusion; last; terminating; ultimate.
  • adjective Conclusive; decisive
  • adjective Respecting an end or object to be gained; respecting the purpose or ultimate end in view.
  • adjective See under Cause.

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

  • noun followed by "one" The ending, the last.
  • noun US A final examination; a test or examination given at the end of a term or class; the test that concludes a class.
  • noun sports The last round, game or match in a contest, after which the winner is determined.
  • noun A contest that narrows a field of contestants (finalists) to ranked positions, usually in numbered places (1st place/prize, 2nd place/prize, etc.) or a winner and numbered runners-up (1st runner-up, etc.).
  • noun phonology the final part of a syllable, the combination of medial and rime in phonetics and phonology.
  • adjective last; ultimate
  • adjective Conclusive; decisive
  • adjective Respecting an end or object to be gained; respecting the purpose or ultimate end in view
  • adjective linguistics word-final, occurring at the end of a word.

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

  • adjective not to be altered or undone
  • noun the final match between the winners of all previous matches in an elimination tournament
  • noun an examination administered at the end of an academic term
  • adjective conclusive in a process or progression
  • adjective occurring at or forming an end or termination

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fīnālis, from fīnis, end.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fīnālis ("of or relating to the end or to boundaries"), from fīnis ("end"); see fine.

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