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.

Primary Meanings of conclusion

a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration
the temporal end; the concluding time
Full Definitions of conclusion

n a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration

“his conclusion took the evidence into account”
decision, determination
a mental determination or resolve in advance; an antecedent intention to do something
Type of:
judgement, judgment, mind
an opinion formed by judging something

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

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

n an intuitive assumption

“jump to a conclusion
non sequitur
(logic) a conclusion that does not follow from the premises
Type of:
assumption, supposal, supposition
a hypothesis that is taken for granted

n 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
Type of:
choice, option, pick, selection
the act of choosing or selecting

n the temporal end; the concluding time

close, finale, finis, finish, last, stopping point
Type of:
end, ending
the point in time at which something ends

n the act of ending something

ending, termination
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

n event whose occurrence ends something

ending, finish
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
Type of:
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
an event that happens

n a final settlement

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

n the last section of a communication

“in 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
Type of:
section, subdivision
a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)

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