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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Final  \Fi"nal\,  a.  [F.,  fr  L.  finalis,  fr  finis  boundary, 
  limit,  end  See  {Finish}.] 
  1.  Pertaining  to  the  end  or  conclusion;  last  terminating; 
  ultimate;  as  the  final  day  of  a  school  term. 
 
  Yet  despair  not  of  his  final  pardon.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Conclusive;  decisive;  as  a  final  judgment;  the  battle  of 
  Waterloo  brought  the  contest  to  a  final  issue. 
 
  3.  Respecting  an  end  or  object  to  be  gained;  respecting  the 
  purpose  or  ultimate  end  in  view. 
 
  {Final  cause}.  See  under  {Cause}. 
 
  Syn:  {Final},  {Conclusive},  {Ultimate}. 
 
  Usage:  Final  is  now  appropriated  to  that  which  brings  with  it 
  an  end  as  a  final  adjustment;  the  final  judgment, 
  etc  Conclusive  implies  the  closing  of  all  discussion, 
  negotiation,  etc.;  as  a  conclusive  argument  or  fact 
  a  conclusive  arrangement.  In  using  ultimate,  we  have 
  always  reference  to  something  earlier  or  proceeding; 
  as  when  we  say  a  temporary  reverse  may  lead  to  an 
  ultimate  triumph.  The  statements  which  a  man  finally 
  makes  at  the  close  of  a  negotiation  are  usually 
  conclusive  as  to  his  ultimate  intentions  and  designs. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  final 
  adj  1:  occurring  at  or  forming  an  end  or  termination;  "his 
  concluding  words  came  as  a  surprise";  "the  final 
  chapter";  "the  last  days  of  the  dinosaurs";  "terminal 
  leave"  [syn:  {concluding},  {last},  {terminal}] 
  2:  conclusive  in  a  process  or  progression;  "the  final  answer"; 
  "a  last  resort";  "the  net  result"  [syn:  {last},  {net}] 
  3:  not  to  be  altered  or  undone;  "the  judge's  decision  is 
  final";  "the  arbiter  will  have  the  last  say"  [syn:  {last}] 
  n  1:  the  final  match  between  the  winners  of  all  previous  matches 
  in  an  elimination  tournament 
  2:  an  examination  administered  at  the  end  of  an  academic  term 
  [syn:  {final  examination},  {final  exam}] 




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