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[fahy-nal-i-tee] /faɪˈnæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural finalities for 2.
the state, quality, or fact of being final; conclusiveness or decisiveness.
something that is final; an ultimate act, utterance, belief, etc.
Origin of finality
1535-45; final + -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The very lines of his face were drawn with the precision, the finality, of a geometrical figure.

    The Ancient Law Ellen Glasgow
  • A child has a right to finality as regards its compulsory lessons.

  • The finality of the woman's manner took away his feeling of superiority in battle.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • Her costume had about it an indubitable air, a finality of perfection in its kind.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • “Swift ought to a-told some of the womenfolks,” old Morg repeated with finality.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • "I never did like blondes," he added, in a tone of finality, and started up the steps.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for finality


noun (pl) -ties
the condition or quality of being final or settled; conclusiveness: the finality of death
a final or conclusive act
(metaphysics) the doctrine of the efficacy of final causes Compare teleology
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for finality

1540s, from Middle French finalité, from Late Latin finalitatem (nominative finalitas) "state of being final," from Latin finalis (see final).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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