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.
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]