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conclusion

Noun

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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English

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

/kənˈklu:ʒən/

Noun

  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.

Translations

end, final part
outcome
decision, judgment
of a syllogism

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French

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

/kɔ̃klyzjɔ̃/

Noun

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.

Logic

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

Music

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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