Definition of finality in English:


Line breaks: fi¦nal|ity
Pronunciation: /fʌɪˈnalɪti

noun (plural finalities)

[mass noun]
  • 1The fact or impression of being final and irreversible: the abrupt finality of death
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    • Even though a dreadful sense of finality pummelled him and threatened to bring back the depression that had barely nagged him for many years, he kept walking.
    • The finality of death of a young man with glowing prospects for success is a shattering blow indeed.
    • The finality of death that you might want to give to criminals would be just as final on the falsely accused.
  • 1.1A tone or manner which indicates that no further comment or argument is possible: ‘No,’ she said with finality
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    • His words held a tone of finality that warranted no argument.
    • The tone of her voice indicated finality to the conversation.
    • The finality of his tone brooked no argument, and it seemed as though it had finally sunk in that Mr Cunningham had tried something on me.
  • 1.2 [count noun] An action or event that ends something irreversibly: death is the ultimate finality
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    • He cuts off his reading with a series of disturbing questions: ‘How could productions of art appear to us as finalities without end?’
    • In fact, isn't that exactly how we experience life, as a series of finalities?
    • Those who live with their feet on the ground don't hang themselves with abstract ‘at larges’ or final finalities.


mid 19th century: from French finalité, from late Latin finalitas, from Latin finalis (see final).

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