Meaning of conclusion


A conclusion is the last part of something, its end or result. When you write a paper, you always end by summing up your arguments and drawing a conclusion about what you’ve been writing about.

The phrase in conclusion means “finally, to sum up,” and is used to introduce some final comments at the end of a speech or piece of writing. The phrase jump to conclusions means “to come to a judgment without enough evidence.” A foregone conclusion is an outcome that seems certain.

Definitions of conclusion
  1. noun

    a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration

    conclusion took the evidence into account”

    decision, determination

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    a mental determination or resolve in advance; an antecedent intention to do something
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    judgement, judgment, mind

    an opinion formed by judging something

  2. noun

    the proposition arrived at by logical reasoning (such as the proposition that must follow from the major and minor premises of a syllogism)



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    (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false

  3. noun

    an intuitive assumption

    “jump to a
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    non sequitur

    (logic) a conclusion that does not follow from the premises
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    assumption, supposal, supposition

    a hypothesis that is taken for granted

  4. noun

    the act of making up your mind about something

    “he drew his
    conclusions quickly”

    decision, determination

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    appointment, assignment, designation, naming

    the act of putting a person into a non-elective position

    (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee

    the act of deciding to do something
    casting lots, drawing lots, sortition

    making a chance decision by using lots (straws or pebbles etc.) that are thrown or drawn

    a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner

    the act of officially naming a candidate
    co-optation, co-option

    the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee’s consent)

    the appointment of a delegate
    ordinance, ordination

    the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders

    designation by the chair granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body

    a move or step or maneuver in political or diplomatic affairs
    maneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre

    a move made to gain a tactical end
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    choice, option, pick, selection

    the act of choosing or selecting

  5. noun

    the temporal end; the concluding time


    close, finale, finis, finish, last, stopping point

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    end, ending

    the point in time at which something ends

  6. noun

    the act of ending something


    ending, termination

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    final solution

    the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime from 1941 until 1945

    a siege and massacre at a mission in San Antonio in 1836; Mexican forces under Santa Anna besieged and massacred American rebels who were fighting to make Texas independent of Mexico
    Battle of the Little Bighorn

    a battle in Montana near the Little Bighorn River between United States cavalry under Custer and several groups of Native Americans (1876); Custer was pursuing Sioux led by Sitting Bull; Custer underestimated the size of the Sioux forces (which were supported by Cheyenne warriors) and was killed along with all his command

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    the act of terminating a project or procedure before it is completed
    demonetisation, demonetization

    ending something (e.g. gold or silver) as no longer the legal tender of a country
    release, tone ending

    (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone
    closing, completion, culmination, mop up, windup

    a concluding action

    withdrawal from your position or occupation
    relinquishing, relinquishment

    the act of giving up and abandoning a struggle or task etc.
    breakup, dissolution

    the termination or disintegration of a relationship (between persons or nations)

    the termination of a ruler or institution (especially by force)
    adjournment, dissolution

    the termination of a meeting
    discharge, dismissal, dismission, firing, liberation, release, sack, sacking

    the termination of someone’s employment (leaving them free to depart)
    destruction, devastation

    the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
    kill, killing, putting to death

    the act of terminating a life
    abolishment, abolition

    the act of abolishing a system or practice or institution (especially abolishing slavery)
    liquidation, settlement

    termination of a business operation by using its assets to discharge its liabilities
    drug withdrawal, withdrawal

    the termination of drug taking
    closedown, closing, closure, shutdown

    termination of operations
    extinction, extinguishing, quenching

    the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning
    disappearance, fade

    gradually ceasing to be visible

    termination of pregnancy
    deactivation, defusing

    the act of deactivating or making ineffective (as a bomb)
    discontinuance, discontinuation

    the act of discontinuing or breaking off; an interruption (temporary or permanent)

    the act of bringing to completion or fruition

    the completion of marriage by sexual intercourse

    the act of discharging someone because of age (especially to cause someone to retire from service on a pension)
    finish, finishing

    the act of finishing
    finalisation, finalization

    the act of finalizing

    carrying some project or intention to full completion

    the act of carrying a stroke to its natural completion

    the successful completion of a program of study

    the act of retiring into inactivity

    the action of retiring to and living in the country
    ceding, cession

    the act of ceding

    act of relinquishing property or authority etc
    discharge, release, waiver

    a formal written statement of relinquishment

    separation or breakup or divorce
    subversion, subversive activity

    the act of subverting; as overthrowing or destroying a legally constituted government
    conge, congee

    an abrupt and unceremonious dismissal

    dismissal from office

    an act that has disastrous consequences

    the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile
    laying waste, ruin, ruination, ruining, wrecking

    destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined
    demolishing, leveling, razing, tearing down

    complete destruction of a building
    annihilation, obliteration

    destruction by annihilating something

    destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot)
    coup de grace, deathblow

    the blow that kills (usually mercifully)

    the act of killing
    euthanasia, mercy killing

    the act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)

    the killing of a human being by another human being
    despatch, dispatch

    killing a person or animal

    the act of felling something (as a tree)
    self-annihilation, self-destruction, suicide

    the act of killing yourself

    the act of destroying yourself

    the killing of animals (as for food)

    the act of giving poison to a person or animal with the intent to kill
    asphyxiation, suffocation

    killing by depriving of oxygen
    ritual killing, sacrifice

    the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity

    killing by electric shock
    beheading, decapitation

    killing by cutting off the head
    viatical settlement, viaticus settlement

    sale of an insurance policy by a terminally ill policy holder
    cold turkey

    complete and abrupt withdrawal of all addictive drugs or anything else on which you have become dependent
    plant closing

    act of shutting down operation of a plant
    bank closing

    act of closing down a bank because of a fiscal emergency or failure

    the act of laying off an employee or a work force
    miscarriage, spontaneous abortion, stillbirth

    a natural loss of the products of conception
    induced abortion

    a deliberate termination of pregnancy
    deactivation, inactivation

    breaking up a military unit (by transfers or discharges)
    honorable discharge

    a discharge from the armed forces with a commendable record
    dishonorable discharge

    a discharge from the armed forces for a grave offense (as sabotage or espionage or cowardice or murder)
    Section Eight

    a discharge from the US Army based on unfitness or character traits deemed undesirable
    neutralisation, neutralization

    (euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it (especially in a covert operation or military operation)

    the discontinuation of a franchise; especially the discontinuation of the right to vote

    the act by a donor that terminates the right of a person to inherit

    the act or instance of a planned discontinuation

    discontinuation of the meeting (of a legislative body) without dissolving it
    annulment, invalidation

    (law) a formal termination (of a relationship or a judicial proceeding etc)

    a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged
    extermination, liquidation

    the act of exterminating
    genocide, race murder, racial extermination

    systematic killing of a racial or cultural group

    an act of mass destruction and loss of life (especially in war or by fire)

    the act of demolishing

    (law) the intentional destruction of a document or an alteration of it that destroys its value as evidence
    hooliganism, malicious mischief, vandalism

    willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others

    the act of dismounting (a horse or bike etc.)
    explosion, plosion

    the terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant
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    change of state

    the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics

  7. noun

    event whose occurrence ends something


    ending, finish

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    the event consisting of the start of something

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    end, final stage, last

    the concluding parts of an event or occurrence
    final result, outcome, result, resultant, termination

    something that results
    foregone conclusion, matter of course

    an inevitable ending
    demolition, destruction, wipeout

    an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something
    Z, omega

    the ending of a series or sequence
    halt, stop

    the event of something ending
    triumph, victory

    a successful ending of a struggle or contest
    defeat, licking

    an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest
    end game, endgame

    the final stages of a chess game after most of the pieces have been removed from the board
    end game, endgame

    the final stages of an extended process of negotiation

    the end of an enterprise

    the end of something

    the outcome of a complex sequence of events

    the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement)

    the outcome of a game or contest

    (boxing) a victory won on points when no knockout has occurred
    aftermath, consequence

    the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual
    just deserts, poetic justice

    an outcome in which virtue triumphs over vice (often ironically)

    the termination of employment (by resignation or dismissal)
    sequel, subsequence

    something that follows something else

    the least favorable outcome
    annihilation, disintegration

    total destruction
    eradication, obliteration

    the complete destruction of every trace of something
    depredation, ravage

    (usually plural) a destructive action
    razing, wrecking

    the event of a structure being completely demolished and leveled
    ruin, ruination

    an event that results in destruction
    rack, wrack

    the destruction or collapse of something

    a victory (as in a race or other competition)
    cessation, surcease

    a stopping
    stand, standstill, tie-up

    an interruption of normal activity
    fall, pin

    when a wrestler’s shoulders are forced to the mat

    the successful ending of the American Revolution

    an overwhelming electoral victory
    last laugh

    ultimate success achieved after a near failure (inspired by the saying `he laughs best who laughs last’)
    Pyrrhic victory

    a victory that is won by incurring terrible losses
    slam, sweep

    winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge

    complete victory
    blowout, laugher, romp, runaway, shoo-in, walkaway

    an easy victory
    service break

    a tennis game won on the opponent’s service
    walk-in, waltz

    an assured victory (especially in an election)

    a narrow defeat or a defeat at the last minute

    a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)

    an overwhelming defeat
    shutout, skunk

    a defeat in a game where one side fails to score
    debacle, drubbing, slaughter, thrashing, trouncing, walloping, whipping

    a sound defeat

    a final crushing defeat

    a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
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    happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

    an event that happens

  8. noun

    a final settlement

    conclusion of a business deal”
    conclusion of the peace treaty”
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    a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it

  9. noun

    the last section of a communication

    conclusion I want to say…”

    close, closing, end, ending

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    anticlimax, bathos

    a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one
    epilog, epilogue

    a short passage added at the end of a literary work
    epilog, epilogue

    a short speech (often in verse) addressed directly to the audience by an actor at the end of a play

    (rhetoric) the concluding section of an oration
    coda, finale

    the closing section of a musical composition
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    section, subdivision

    a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)

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