• WordNet 3.6
    • n conclusion the act of making up your mind about something "the burden of decision was his","he drew his conclusions quickly"
    • n conclusion the act of ending something "the termination of the agreement"
    • n conclusion an intuitive assumption "jump to a conclusion"
    • n conclusion a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration "a decision unfavorable to the opposition","his conclusion took the evidence into account","satisfied with the panel's determination"
    • n conclusion the last section of a communication "in conclusion I want to say..."
    • n conclusion the proposition arrived at by logical reasoning (such as the proposition that must follow from the major and minor premises of a syllogism)
    • n conclusion a final settlement "the conclusion of a business deal","the conclusion of the peace treaty"
    • n conclusion event whose occurrence ends something "his death marked the ending of an era","when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"
    • n conclusion the temporal end; the concluding time "the stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell","the market was up at the finish","they were playing better at the close of the season"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Conclusion (Law) An estoppel or bar by which a person is held to a particular position.
    • Conclusion An experiment, or something from which a conclusion may be drawn. "We practice likewise all conclusions of grafting and inoculating."
    • Conclusion Any inference or result of reasoning.
    • Conclusion Drawing of inferences. "Your wife Octavia, with her modest eyes
      And still conclusion ."
    • Conclusion Final decision; determination; result. "And the conclusion is, she shall be thine."
    • Conclusion (Law) The end or close of a pleading, e.g., the formal ending of an indictment, “against the peace,” etc.
    • Conclusion (Logic) The inferred proposition of a syllogism; the necessary consequence of the conditions asserted in two related propositions called premises. See Syllogism. "He granted him both the major and minor, but denied him the conclusion ."
    • Conclusion The last part of anything; close; termination; end. "A fluorish of trumpets announced the conclusion of the contest."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n conclusion The end, close, or termination; the final part: as, the conclusion of a journey.
    • n conclusion Final result; outcome; upshot.
    • n conclusion Determination; final decision.
    • n conclusion A proposition concluded or inferred from premises; the proposition toward which an argumentation tends, or which is established by it; also, rarely, the act of inference.
    • n conclusion In grammar, that clause of a conditional sentence which states the consequence of the proposition assumed in the condition or protasis; the apodosis.
    • n conclusion In rhetoric, the last main division of a discourse; that part in which, the discussion being finished, its bearings are deduced or its points are summed up; a peroration, application, or recapitulation.
    • n conclusion An experiment; a tentative effort for determining anything. [Obsolete except in the phrase to try conclusions.]
    • n conclusion In law: The effect of an act by which he who did it is bound not to do anything inconsistent therewith; an estoppel.
    • n conclusion The end of a pleading or conveyance.
    • n conclusion A finding or determination.
    • n conclusion Something which is certain to be done or to happen: as, it is a foregone conclusion that he will be elected.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Conclusion act of concluding: the end, close, or last part: inference: judgment: an experiment:
    • n Conclusion (Shak.) a riddle
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  • Albert Camus
    “We are not certain, we are never certain. If we were we could reach some conclusions, and we could, at last, make others take us seriously.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Despair is the conclusion of fools.”
  • Salvador Nasello
    Salvador Nasello
    “If you laid every economist in the country end to end you would still not reach a conclusion.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “If all the economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.”
  • Charles De Gaulle
    “I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “If you follow reason far enough it always leads to conclusions that are contrary to reason.”


Foregone conclusion - If the result of, say, a football match is a foregone conclusion, then the result is obvious before the game has even begun.
Jump to a conclusion - If someone jumps to a conclusion, they evaluate or judge something without a sufficient examination of the facts.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. conclusio,. See Conclude
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. concludĕre, conclusumcon, together, claudĕre, to shut.


In literature:

A second class of experiences lead to the same conclusion.
"Theism or Atheism" by Chapman Cohen
In spite of himself, too, he was influenced by the conclusion of the poem.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
The reticence appropriate to the place excuses the omission of certain implicit conclusions.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
What, then, are the conclusions which we may draw from this brief survey of the more prominent and typical Indian novels?
"Studies in Literature and History" by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
Conclusion, by the Editor.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
He had looked at his problem from every angle, and now he was coming to a conclusion which did him credit.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
As it makes a book of 137 pages the conclusions only will be quoted here.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
A swift drawing of contrasts, perhaps with an inevitable conclusion in favour of his own kind.
"The Wooden Horse" by Hugh Walpole
Momentous indeed is the conclusion to which we are now led.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
A word of warning should be added to this summary conclusion.
"The Settlement of Wage Disputes" by Herbert Feis

In poetry:

Disenchantment! Disillusion!
Must each noble aspiration
Come at last to this conclusion,
Jarring discord, wild confusion,
Lassitude, renunciation?
"Epimetheus, or the Poet's Afterthought. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And in conclusion, I must say
I never received better treatment in my day,
Than I received from my admirers in bonnie Inverness.
This on my soul and conscience I do confess.
"The Heatherblend Club Banquet" by William Topaz McGonagall
Theft is theft and raid is raid
Though reciprocally made.
Lovers, the conclusion is
Doubled sighs and jealousies
In a single heart that grieves For lost honour among thieves.
"The Thieves" by Robert Graves
And, in conclusion, I'd have him to beware,
And never again to interfere with a poet's hair,
Because Christ the Saviour wore long hair,
And many more good men, I do declare.
"Lines in Reply to the Beautiful Poet Who Welcomed News of McGonagall's Departure from Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall
And, in conclusion, I will say without dismay,
Visit the theatre without delay,
Because the theatre is a school of morality,
And hasn't the least tendency to lead to prodigality.
"Lines in Defence of the Stage" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then hear the conclusion: I'll yield my breath,
But my leal old house and my good blade never!
Better one bitter kiss on the lips of Death
Than despoiled Defeat as a wife forever!
"Two Moods Of Failure" by Helen Gray Cone

In news:

I find this conclusion quite dramatic -- true narcissism is a serious disorder -- and quite different from my actual experiences with Gen Ys.
I had hoped it would never reach the final conclusion it has for so many.
That's the conclusion of a recent analysis by the Consumer Federation of America and Primerica.
The glow of the downtown skyline from the rooftop of theNYLOcould provide a satisfying conclusion to any evening.
The motive was never conclusively established.
I've come to the conclusion the candidate who gets my vote this year is the one who has some plan for stopping noise pollution in society.
They have come to this conclusion after reviewing the responses of South Dakota's US House candidates to a recent media inquiry about this issue.
The New York Times leads with the unsuccessful conclusion of a monthlong UN conference on strengthening the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
Northwest Missouri State's women's soccer team doesn't have much time to dwell on a disappointing conclusion to the regular season that caused them to lose home field advantage in the first round of the MIAA Tournament.
The conclusions reached by investigators looking into the sex scandal at Penn State University should prompt soul searching among those involved in college and university sports throughout the nation.
On June 6, 2011, this view of Taj Mahal was sold in London at an auction of Russian paintings, where, after additional research, a different conclusion had been reached about the artist.
One lucky person will win an original oil painting at the conclusion of the 19th annual Muddy Frogwater Book Sale Sunday.
29 to consider "scientific conclusions" supporting its decision.
Show organizers (l-r) Debra Hendrickson, Paige Blackwelder and Sarah Grafton walk the cat walk at the show's conclusion Saturday evening.
The disposable-versus- rechargeable battery debate seems ripe for a contrarian conclusion.

In science:

In the conclusions of section IV we summarize the results and discuss the physical interpretation of the complex generalized spectral decomposition.
Perturbative method for generalized spectral decompositions
Comparing this with the fact that ξ preserves η leads to the conclusion that the functions pi are independent of coordinate x, ∂ pi/∂ x = 0.
Locally Sasakian Manifolds
Further development of this paradigm includes its generalization for far-from-equilibrium case by Graham and action-principle approach to Marcovian stochastic dynamics by Eyink [5,6], whose technique and conclusions have many common points with ours.
Generalized Entropy approach to far-from-equilibrium statistical mechanics
In conclusion, we have proposed a framework for construction of non-equilibrium macroscopic theory of a complex system, starting with its fundamental nondissipative dynamics.
Generalized Entropy approach to far-from-equilibrium statistical mechanics
These limits will yield the conclusions of the theorems.
Occupation Time Fluctuations in Branching Systems