final

[fahyn-l]
adjective
1.
pertaining to or coming at the end; last in place, order, or time: the final meeting of the year.
2.
ultimate: The final goal is world peace.
3.
conclusive or decisive: a final decision.
4.
constituting the end or purpose: a final result.
5.
pertaining to or expressing the end or purpose: a final clause.
6.
Law.
a.
precluding further controversy on the questions passed upon: The judicial determination of the Supreme Court is final.
b.
determining all issues presented, so that no further decision upon the merits of the issues is necessary: a final judgment or decree.
7.
Phonetics. occurring at the end of a word or syllable, as the (t) sound in bit or bite.
noun
8.
that which is last; that which forms an end or termination.
9.
Often, finals.
a.
the last and decisive game, match, contest, or round in a series, as in sports.
b.
the last, usually comprehensive, examination in a course of study.
10.
the last edition of a newspaper published on any day.
11.
Music. the tonic note of a church mode.

Origin:
1300–50; 1915–20 for def 10; Middle English < Latin fīnālis, equivalent to fīn(is) end + -ālis -al1

pseudofinal, adjective
pseudofinally, adverb
quasi-final, adjective


1. See last1. 3. definite, irrevocable, irreversible, unalterable.


1. initial, first.
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final (ˈfaɪnəl)
 
adj
1.  of or occurring at the end; concluding; ultimate; last
2.  having no possibility for further discussion, action, or change; conclusive; decisive: a final decree of judgment
3.  relating to or constituting an end or purpose: a final clause may be introduced by ``in order to''
4.  phonetics medial Compare initial at the end of a word: ``cat'' has a final ``t''
5.  music another word for perfect
 
n
6.  a terminal or last thing; end
7.  a deciding contest between the winners of previous rounds in a competition
8.  music the tonic note of a church mode
 
[C14: from Latin fīnālis, from fīnis limit, boundary]

finals (ˈfaɪnəlz)
 
pl n
1.  the deciding part or parts of a sports or other competition
2.  education the last examination series in an academic or professional course

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final
early 14c., from L. finalis "of or pertaining to an end," from finis "end" (see finish). Finalist "competitor remaining after eliminations" is from 1898.

finals
short for final exams, by 1890.
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Example sentences for finals
The voting procedure was changed for subsequent grand finals.
Because of this, the actual finals proved to be quite unpredictable.
This continued during the war years and they won the war cup and appeared in finals.
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