Word of the Day: Conclusion


con-clu-sion / kən-klo͞o-zhən


1. the final part; the end

If, on a rare occasion, it is necessary to speak with some severity in order to make a grievous crime felt, we should always, at the conclusion of the rebuke, add some kind words. 

Alphonsus Liguori. 1696 – 1787


2. the outcome or end result

Passion makes the best observations and the sorriest conclusions

Jean Paul, 1763 – 1825


3. the final portion of a writing or speech, which often summarizes the main points and states the final opinion or outcome

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 

Ecclesiastes 12:13 (KJV)


4. the decision or judgement reached after discussion and careful consideration

It’s not the heart that compels conclusions in cases, it’s the law. 

Sonia Sotomayor, 1954 –


5. the proposition or decision reached by careful reasoning and consideration

Despair is the conclusion of fools. 

Benjamin Disraeli, 1804 – 1881


6. a settlement or the final arrangement

Natural occurrences can cause significant and unexpected changes in coastal geography which can affect circumstances essential to a maritime boundary treaty’s conclusion and radically alter the extent of on-going obligations. 

Árnadóttir, S., 2016. Termination of Maritime Boundaries Due to a Fundamental Change of Circumstances. Utrecht Journal of International and European Law, 32(83), pp.94–111. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ujiel.335


7.  in law, the formal closing of a plea or complaint

The Supreme Court has said that a civil complaint may legitimately “contain[] . . . both factual allegations and legal conclusions,” (Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 324 ((1989)) and they all require a response (Saldana v. Riddle, No. 98 C 2277, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9855, at *2 ((N.D. Ill. June 25, 1998)) (denial of legal conclusions is “nonsense, for legal conclusions are a perfectly proper part of a plaintiff’s allegations in the federal notice pleading regime”).

Brian Mendez, “Two often-overlooked basics about pleadings”, ‘The Daily Record Newswire’, www.legalnews.com/detroit/1408887, July 8, 2015