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finalist

[fahyn-l-ist] /ˈfaɪn l ɪst/
noun
1.
a person entitled to participate in the final or decisive contest in a series, as in musical or athletic competition.
Origin of finalist
1895-1900
1895-1900; final + -ist
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  • Already the finalist theory of life eludes all precise verification.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • This reason is a logical necessity, but the logical necessity does not prove the teleological or finalist necessity.

    Tragic Sense Of Life Miguel de Unamuno
  • The finalist or teleological conception is not any more tenable, for Evolution is not simply the realization of a plan.

    Bergson and His Philosophy J. Alexander Gunn
British Dictionary definitions for finalist

finalist

/ˈfaɪnəlɪst/
noun
1.
a contestant who has reached the last and decisive stage of a sports or other competition
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Word Origin and History for finalist
n.

"competitor remaining after eliminations," 1898, from final + -ist.

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