Definition of conclusion in US English:



  • 1The end or finish of an event or process.

    ‘the conclusion of World War Two’
    • ‘This means that as of today, he has just one audition to go - which means we are all closer to the conclusion of this process than the beginning, still an amazing idea.’
    • ‘It brings to a conclusion a number of events held throughout the year to mark the centenary of Canon O'Hanlon's death.’
    • ‘The agent is now saying there is ‘considerable interest’ in the house, so there's likely to be a conclusion to this dreary process soon now.’
    • ‘It all adds up to a final, crushing conclusion in their friendship.’
    • ‘Wembley in 1979 witnessed the most extraordinary conclusion of any Cup final, and the drama remains etched in the participants' minds.’
    • ‘At the conclusion of the event, attendees will exchange their Sergio Day gifts as they enjoy the stupendous Sergio Aragonés fireworks display.’
    • ‘Similarly, the three daily periods of prayer at Taize lack any formal conclusion.’
    • ‘I really would have liked to follow the French theme to its natural conclusion and finished my meal with crêpes Suzette, but we were both rather full.’
    • ‘But perhaps the only way for Sweeney to stop his terrible acts of revenge is to get caught - and the story reaches its final, dramatic conclusion.’
    • ‘The life force, the pulse carries you along to the final, exhausting conclusion.’
    • ‘I may have had some brief conversation with my parents but the night's final conclusion was a dive for my bed, where I stayed unmoving until daybreak.’
    • ‘Don't you see Kate; everything that I've done has been working toward this final conclusion.’
    • ‘Also included is an alternate ending that isn't quite as good as the final film's conclusion.’
    • ‘The sounds and beats around me get louder in one final conclusion.’
    • ‘It is one of the segments which doesn't have a firm, romantic conclusion, instead the final status of their relationship is left kind of ambiguous.’
    • ‘Dancing in the street at the Festival Finale for All on Sunday brought the inaugural three-week event to a festive conclusion.’
    • ‘So the fact that I ended up extremely dirty at the conclusion of the event was no big deal to me.’
    • ‘The Bush Administration is committed to seeing this process to its conclusion, starting with the President.’
    • ‘The final conclusion to the story arises due to the fact that the protagonist has affected others while in pursuit of the object of their desire.’
    • ‘The rapid and final conclusion of figure skating's latest scandal could only have happened with IOC interference.’
    end, ending, finish, close, closure, termination, wind-up, cessation
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    1. 1.1 The summing-up of an argument or text.
      • ‘This approach is not so different from scientific thinking, except that this is only the first step in science, not the final conclusion.’
      • ‘That is the strongest argument against the conclusions of the Green member who has just resumed her seat.’
      • ‘However, as it seems to me, it is not necessary for me to express any final conclusion on this aspect of the matter.’
      • ‘The final conclusion with respect to the effects of the transition to state-owned trade in the 1930s is vague and inconsistent.’
      • ‘You come to important conclusions and finish an ongoing saga of conflict today.’
      • ‘The result is happy - if you follow the argument and its suggestive conclusions.’
      • ‘However, we cannot end consideration with this formal conclusion.’
      • ‘Its formal conclusion was that Ray assassinated King, that he probably had help, and that the government was not involved.’
      • ‘I have absorbed their arguments, their conclusions, and their mortal dread.’
      • ‘But he's now tackling drug prices, and while he makes some excellent points, I wonder if his final conclusion isn't off the mark.’
      • ‘In fact, it provides such a thorough list of file trading techniques that Wang only needs that final conclusion on p.258 to make his point.’
      • ‘This is the conclusion on my arguments in the supplementary submissions.’
      • ‘The project's still in process so our conclusions are only provisional.’
      • ‘It is a matter of fact which underlies the question of jurisdiction, however many questions of law there may be concealed in the final conclusion as to it.’
      • ‘I confess that I do not find the logic of the final sentence in that conclusion easy to follow.’
      • ‘The Court agreed with that proposition, as I shall relate, but disagreed with his final conclusion based on the importance of protecting research innovation.’
      • ‘The final conclusion of the study, then, is that more refined research methods must be applied to these activities and their systems.’
      • ‘These points, if taken at the trial when all the facts are out, will be available to the applicant at a later stage and we express no final conclusion about these matters.’
      • ‘That was the same conclusion of the final report by the CIA Iraq Survey Group.’
      • ‘Rushing through his conclusions he just finished his presentation before this unexpected deadline.’
    2. 1.2 The settling or arrangement of a treaty or agreement.
      ‘the conclusion of a free-trade accord’
      • ‘Passi said that his activities were focused on the final conclusion of the trial and the establishment of suitable conditions for its favourable outcome.’
      • ‘The IIG will ensure speedy conclusion of loan agreements and implementation of infrastructure projects.’
      • ‘In December, Japan and the EU signed a provisional accord that opened the way for conclusion of the final pact.’
      • ‘News about stricter visa requirements came alongside reports of a Philippine-Japan free trade agreement nearing conclusion.’
      • ‘The success of this Convention depends on conclusion of such AGREEMENTS.’
      • ‘If you wish to supplement your written submissions with further written submissions, then you will have an opportunity to do that within seven days of the conclusion of oral argument.’
      • ‘The second fund, which is undergoing conclusion of legal agreement procedure, will be designated only for Bulgaria.’
      • ‘Some even say the alliance could include Iran, and point to India's recent conclusion of a strategic agreement with that country as a sign of things to come.’
      • ‘China is also expected to start full-scale talks for conclusion of an free trade agreement with ASEAN.’
      • ‘I just think that it's time we brought this process to a conclusion.’
      • ‘The final conclusion of an ongoing investigation into the oil-for-food scheme would help the public to understand its complexities, the UN chief said.’
      • ‘China has voiced outrageous claims to Japanese territory that was officially returned to Japan after its conclusion of an agreement with the US.’
      • ‘These are our NATO membership in May, and the conclusion of the negotiation process with the European Union at the end of autumn 2004.’
      • ‘To the PA, Sharon is above all a challenge to the successful conclusion of the peace process.’
      • ‘And then the United Nations with Troika helped the Angolans to bring that peace process to a conclusion.’
      • ‘In 1665, a bitter dispute over mineral rights with the Portuguese governor of Luanda, led to a final, disastrous conclusion.’
      • ‘Following conclusion of the registration process, repatriation will be increased from three to five times a week except Saturday and Sunday.’
      negotiation, brokering, settlement, settling, clinching, completion, arranging, accomplishment, establishment, resolution
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  • 2A judgment or decision reached by reasoning.

    ‘each research group came to a similar conclusion’
    • ‘Ultimately I was unable to assist in coming to any final conclusion.’
    • ‘But there is perhaps a final and more profound conclusion to draw from these books.’
    • ‘Which leads me to my final conclusion: you came here for me.’
    • ‘She looked it over briefly before coming to her final conclusion.’
    • ‘Well my final conclusion is that these types of conflict don't allow the luxury of clean hands.’
    • ‘Oddly enough, Koplow's conclusion is in agreement with the Bush administration that also wishes to preserve the stockpiles.’
    • ‘The sharing clause in a syndicated loan agreement cannot affect this conclusion.’
    • ‘As a commuter with years of experience his final conclusion was mixed.’
    • ‘However, after several decades with many studies and a large number of reviews of implementation strategies, many questions still remain and no final conclusion can be drawn.’
    • ‘At this level no final conclusion as to the exact mechanism and the nature of the intermediates can be drawn, however.’
    • ‘The Commission decision must contain reasons for the conclusion reached.’
    • ‘After the death scene is cleaned up the final conclusion of police investigators is simply that George Wilson had been a madman.’
    • ‘The final conclusion depends on analysis of the longitudinal data.’
    • ‘Only after long and hard deliberations over many months did I come to my final conclusion that now was the time for me to take this next step forward in my life and my career.’
    • ‘His final conclusion was that he would have to venture to new planets, unfortunately, with or without Bonnie.’
    • ‘And my final conclusion on all these things is, that once you've find the historical James, you've in effect found the historical Jesus.’
    • ‘I don't know all that's going on, so I can't make that final conclusion.’
    • ‘The final conclusion must be that our answer mainly depends on which side of society we come from.’
    • ‘The final conclusion was that people who live in well-off places usually feel superior and look down upon people who live in relatively undeveloped regions.’
    • ‘But regardless of what one's final conclusion is, there is one thing that is beyond dispute for me.’
    deduction, inference, interpretation, reasoning
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    1. 2.1Logic A proposition that is reached from given premises.
      • ‘Alternatively, the premises logically entail the conclusion.’
      • ‘Suppose two or more premises jointly imply a conclusion.’
      • ‘In both premisses and conclusions, these two strands of contract theory are, morally speaking, a world apart.’
      • ‘The argument of this section has been brisk and obviously more has to be said to defend its conclusions and its premises.’
      • ‘Reid gave Hume credit for taking Locke's premisses to their logical conclusion.’


  • in conclusion

    • Lastly; to sum up.

      ‘in conclusion, it is clear that the market is maturing’
      • ‘So in conclusion, as detestable and perplexing as it might seem, yes, it might be time to sell your house and move to Winnipeg.’
      • ‘The finished product, in conclusion, is far from perfect and we are left regretting that David fled so abruptly.’
      • ‘As they say, time is money, so in conclusion, computers are very important to our modern way of life.’
      • ‘But in conclusion, let me simply say that after you leave the White House, a number of things happen to you.’
      • ‘I doubt that this will turn out to be right, but the point to be made in conclusion is that there is only one way to find out.’
      • ‘John in conclusion stated that the future is bright for the club with an abundance of young players coming on stream and the population of the parish increasing at a steady rate.’
      • ‘So, in conclusion, when is the best time to visit Florida?’
      • ‘It sounds like, in conclusion, more debt upon debt.’
      • ‘Finally, and in conclusion, I personally think that ‘Prohibition’ is never going to be a ‘good’ idea.’
      • ‘So, in conclusion, let's talk about something else.’
      finally, lastly, in closing, to conclude, last but not least
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  • jump (or leap) to conclusions (or the conclusion)

    • Make a hasty judgment before learning or considering all the facts.

      • ‘You only heard part of the conversation, and you've already jumped to conclusions about Patrick.’
      • ‘But, one should be careful before leaping to conclusions about what the joke implies about the teller.’
      • ‘In a great twist at the end, they find out they have jumped to conclusions about the death.’
      • ‘We're willing to leap to conclusions without the benefit of data, just like our ancestors.’
      • ‘The brain leaps to conclusions based on a swift assessment of a ‘thin slice’ of information.’
      • ‘Just being seen in certain situations can spark giant leaps to conclusions with no basis in fact.’
      • ‘But it is a pity that he has jumped to conclusions before looking more carefully at the evidence.’
      • ‘‘It is too early to jump to any conclusion about what their final decision will be,’ he added.’
      • ‘Ruffini simply counted the use of certain expressions, then leaped to conclusions about liberal bias.’
      • ‘It's tempting to leap to conclusions based on a single performance graph or a column in a summary table.’


Late Middle English: from Latin conclusio(n-), from the verb concludere (see conclude).