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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
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  • The panel was supposed to bring some finality to a yearlong debate over spending.
  • The bay scene is changing, though, and there's an air of finality to it now.
  • What checkers lacks in breadth, it makes up in precision and finality.
  • So using a period gives a certain air of finality to a statement.
  • Shots that were stroked with an air of finality now inexplicably stray into.
  • Advocates of unanimity argue that it reinforces the court's authority and gives finality to the law.
  • In this presidential election, the court's finality is a much-needed virtue.
  • Most people who are serving life in prison have reached the finality of due process.
  • In general, there's no sense of finality here, of the government stepping in and taking charge of the situation.
  • Shots that were stroked with an air of finality now inexplicably stray into the net or land at points unknown.
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
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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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