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
    “his conclusion took the evidence into account”
    synonyms: decision, determination, verdict
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    predetermination
    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)
    synonyms: ratiocination
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    proposition
    (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
  3. noun
    an intuitive assumption
    “jump to a conclusion
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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”
    synonyms: decision, determination
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    appointment, assignment, designation, naming
    the act of putting a person into a non-elective position
    call
    (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee
    move
    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
    resolution
    a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
    nomination
    the act of officially naming a candidate
    co-optation, co-option
    the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's consent)
    delegacy
    the appointment of a delegate
    ordinance, ordination
    the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders
    recognition
    designation by the chair granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body
    demarche
    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
    synonyms: 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
    synonyms: ending, termination
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    abort
    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
    retirement
    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)
    overthrow
    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
    abortion
    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)
    consummation
    the act of bringing to completion or fruition
    consummation
    the completion of marriage by sexual intercourse
    superannuation
    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
    follow-through
    carrying some project or intention to full completion
    follow-through
    the act of carrying a stroke to its natural completion
    graduation
    the successful completion of a program of study
    hibernation
    the act of retiring into inactivity
    rustication
    the action of retiring to and living in the country
    ceding, cession
    the act of ceding
    handover
    act of relinquishing property or authority etc
    discharge, release, waiver
    a formal written statement of relinquishment
    splitsville
    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
    removal
    dismissal from office
    disaster
    an act that has disastrous consequences
    kill
    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
    decimation
    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)
    death
    the act of killing
    euthanasia, mercy killing
    the act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)
    homicide
    the killing of a human being by another human being
    despatch, dispatch
    killing a person or animal
    fell
    the act of felling something (as a tree)
    self-annihilation, self-destruction, suicide
    the act of killing yourself
    self-destruction
    the act of destroying yourself
    slaughter
    the killing of animals (as for food)
    poisoning
    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
    electrocution
    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
    layoff
    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)
    disfranchisement
    the discontinuation of a franchise; especially the discontinuation of the right to vote
    disinheritance
    the act by a donor that terminates the right of a person to inherit
    phase-out
    the act or instance of a planned discontinuation
    prorogation
    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)
    sabotage
    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
    holocaust
    an act of mass destruction and loss of life (especially in war or by fire)
    demolition
    the act of demolishing
    spoliation
    (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
    dismount
    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
    synonyms: ending, finish
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    beginning
    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, kibosh, 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
    homestretch
    the end of an enterprise
    passing
    the end of something
    denouement
    the outcome of a complex sequence of events
    deal
    the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement)
    decision
    the outcome of a game or contest
    decision
    (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)
    separation
    the termination of employment (by resignation or dismissal)
    sequel, subsequence
    something that follows something else
    worst
    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
    win
    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
    independence
    the successful ending of the American Revolution
    landslide
    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
    checkmate
    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)
    heartbreaker
    a narrow defeat or a defeat at the last minute
    lurch
    a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)
    rout
    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
    waterloo
    a final crushing defeat
    whitewash
    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
    “the conclusion of a business deal”
    “the conclusion of the peace treaty”
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    settlement
    a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it
  9. noun
    the last section of a communication
    “in conclusion I want to say...”
    synonyms: close, closing, end, ending
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    anticlimax, bathos
    a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one
    afterword, epilog, epilogue
    a short section 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
    peroration
    (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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