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1 a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration; "a decision unfavorable to the opposition"; "his conclusion took the evidence into account"; "satisfied with the panel's determination" [syn: decision, determination]
2 an intuitive assumption; "jump to a conclusion"
3 the temporal end; the concluding time; "the stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell"; "the market was up at the finish"; "they were playing better at the close of the season" [syn: stopping point, finale, finis, finish, last, close]
4 event whose occurrence ends something; "his death marked the ending of an era"; "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show" [syn: ending, finish] [ant: beginning]
5 the proposition arrived at by logical reasoning (such as the proposition that must follow from the major and minor premises of a syllogism) [syn: ratiocination]
6 the act of ending something; "the termination of the agreement" [syn: termination, ending]
7 a final settlement; "the conclusion of a business deal"; "the conclusion of the peace treaty"
8 the last section of a communication; "in conclusion I want to say..." [syn: end, close, closing, ending]
9 the act of making up your mind about something; "the burden of decision was his"; "he drew his conclusions quickly" [syn: decision, determination]

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




  1. The end, finish, close or last part of something.
  2. The outcome or result of a process or act.
  3. A decision reached after careful thought.
  4. In a syllogism, the proposition that follows as a necessary consequence of the premises.


end, final part
decision, judgment
of a syllogism

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Old French, from Latin conclusio, from the past participle stem of concludere ‘conclude’.




fr-noun f

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Extensive Definition

A conclusion is a proposition, which is arrived at after the consideration of evidence, arguments or premises.


main article Logical consequence
In a mathematical proof or a syllogism, a conclusion is a statement that is the logical consequence of preceding statements. It can also be at the end of a speech.

Informal logic

In both formal and informal logic, a main contention is a thought which is capable of being either true or false and is usually the most controversial proposition being argued for. In reasoning, a main contention is represented by the top of an argument map, with all supporting and objecting premises which bear upon it placed underneath. A main contention is given a different order and is placed at the start of an argument and not at the end.

Creative Writing


In music a conclusion is a musical theme which releases musical tension after an initial build up, this often occurs as a cadence at the very end of a composition.
conclusion in German: Fazit
conclusion in Spanish: Conclusión
conclusion in French: Conclusion
conclusion in Dutch: Conclusie
conclusion in Norwegian: Konklusjon
conclusion in Portuguese: Conclusão
conclusion in Swedish: Slutsats
conclusion in Tagalog: Katapusang pangungusap

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