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[kuh n-kloo-zhuh n] /kənˈklu ʒən/
the end or close; final part.
the last main division of a discourse, usually containing a summing up of the points and a statement of opinion or decisions reached.
a result, issue, or outcome; settlement or arrangement:
The restitution payment was one of the conclusions of the negotiations.
final decision:
The judge has reached his conclusion.
a reasoned deduction or inference.
Logic. a proposition concluded or inferred from the premises of an argument.
  1. the effect of an act by which the person performing the act is bound not to do anything inconsistent therewith; an estoppel.
  2. the end of a pleading or conveyance.
Grammar, apodosis.
in conclusion, finally:
In conclusion, I would like to thank you for your attention.
try conclusions with, to engage oneself in a struggle for victory or mastery over, as a person or an impediment.
Origin of conclusion
1300-50; Middle English < Latin conclūsiōn- (stem of conclūsiō), equivalent to conclūs(us) closed, past participle of conclūdere (conclūd- to conclude + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
conclusional, adjective
conclusionally, adverb
nonconclusion, noun
preconclusion, noun
1. ending, termination, completion, finale. See end1 . 2. summation.
1. beginning. Unabridged
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  • He reaffirmed his conclusions and modified his arguments in an attempt to quell dissent.
British Dictionary definitions for conclusions


end or termination
the last main division of a speech, lecture, essay, etc
the outcome or result of an act, process, event, etc (esp in the phrase a foregone conclusion)
a final decision or judgment; resolution (esp in the phrase come to a conclusion)
  1. a statement that purports to follow from another or others (the premises) by means of an argument
  2. a statement that does validly follow from given premises
  1. an admission or statement binding on the party making it; estoppel
  2. the close of a pleading or of a conveyance
in conclusion, lastly; to sum up
jump to conclusions, to come to a conclusion prematurely, without sufficient thought or on incomplete evidence
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin; see conclude, -ion
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Word Origin and History for conclusions



late 14c., "deduction or conclusion reached by reasoning," from Old French conclusion "conclusion, result, outcome," from Latin conclusionem (nominative conclusio), noun of action from past participle stem of concludere (see conclude). Also, from late 14c. "the end" (usually of speech or writing), "closing passages of a speech or writing."

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