Hypertext Webster Gateway: "conclusion"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Conclusion \Con*clu"sion\, n. [F., fr. L. conclusio. See
1. The last part of anything; close; termination; end.

A fluorish of trumpets announced the conclusion of
the contest. --Prescott.

2. Final decision; determination; result.

And the conclusion is, she shall be thine. --Shak.

3. Any inference or result of reasoning.

4. (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. --Addison.

5. Drawing of inferences. [Poetic]

Your wife Octavia, with her modest eyes And still
conclusion. --Shak.

6. An experiment, or something from which a conclusion may be
drawn. [Obs.]

We practice likewise all conclusions of grafting and
inoculating. --Bacon.

7. (Law)
(a) The end or close of a pleading, e.g., the formal
ending of an indictment, ``against the peace,'' etc.
(b) An estoppel or bar by which a person is held to a
particular position. --Wharton.

{Conclusion to the country} (Law), the conclusion of a
pleading by which a party ``puts himself upon the
country,'' i.e., appeals to the verdict of a jury.
--Mozley & W.

{In conclusion}.
(a) Finally.
(b) In short.

{To try conclusions}, to make a trial or an experiment.

Like the famous ape, To try conclusions, in the
basket creep. --Shak.

Syn: Inference; deduction; result; consequence; end;
decision. See {Inference}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: 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"
[syn: {decision}, {determination}]
2: an intuitive assumption; "jump to a conclusion"
3: 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" [syn: {stopping point}, {finale}, {finis}, {finish},
{last}, {close}]
4: 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" [syn: {ending},
{finish}] [ant: {beginning}]
5: the proposition that must follow from the major and minor
premises of a syllogism
6: the act of ending something; "the termination of the
agreement" [syn: {termination}, {ending}]
7: a final settlement; "the conclusion of a business deal";
"the conclusion of the peace treaty"
8: the last section of a communication; "in conclusion I want
to say..." [syn: {end}, {close}, {closing}, {ending}]
9: the act of making up your mind about something; "the burden
of decision was his"; "he drew his conclusions quickly"
[syn: {decision}, {determination}]

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