final: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (fīn'l), [key]
— adj.
  1. pertaining to or coming at the end; last in place, order, or time: the final meeting of the year.
  2. ultimate: The final goal is world peace.
  3. conclusive or decisive: a final decision.
  4. constituting the end or purpose: a final result.
  5. pertaining to or expressing the end or purpose: a final clause.
  6. The judicial determination of the Supreme Court is final.
    1. precluding further controversy on the questions passed upon:The judicial determination of the Supreme Court is final.
    2. determining all issues presented, so that no further decision upon the merits of the issues is necessary:a final judgment or decree.
  7. occurring at the end of a word or syllable, as the (t) sound in bit or bite.
  1. that which is last; that which forms an end or termination.
  2. Often,
    1. the last and decisive game, match, contest, or round in a series, as in sports.
    2. the last, usually comprehensive, examination in a course of study.
  3. the last edition of a newspaper published on any day.
  4. the tonic note of a church mode.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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