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Definition of conclusion noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] something that you decide when you have thought about all the information connected with the situation I've come to the conclusion that he's not the right person for the job. It took the jury some time to reach the conclusion that she was guilty. New evidence might lead to the conclusion that we are wrong. We can safely draw some conclusions from our discussion. Topic CollocationsScientific Researchtheory formulate/advance a theory/hypothesis build/construct/create/develop a simple/theoretical/mathematical model develop/establish/provide/use a theoretical/conceptual framework/an algorithm advance/argue/develop the thesis that… explore an idea/a concept/a hypothesis make a prediction/an inference base a prediction/your calculations on something investigate/evaluate/accept/challenge/reject a theory/hypothesis/modelexperiment design an experiment/a questionnaire/a study/a test do research/an experiment/an analysis make observations/calculations take/record measurements carry out/conduct/perform an experiment/a test/a longitudinal study/observations/clinical trials run an experiment/a simulation/clinical trials repeat an experiment/a test/an analysis replicate a study/the results/the findings observe/study/examine/investigate/assess a pattern/a process/a behavior fund/support the research/project/study seek/provide/get/secure funding for researchresults collect/gather/extract data/information yield data/evidence/similar findings/the same results analyze/examine the data/soil samples/a specimen consider/compare/interpret the results/findings fit the data/model confirm/support/verify a prediction/a hypothesis/the results/the findings prove a conjecture/hypothesis/theorem draw/make/reach the same conclusions read/review the records/literature describe/report an experiment/a study present/publish/summarize the results/findings present/publish/read/review/cite a paper in a scientific journal AWL Collocationsconcludeconclude verbto reach a belief or an opinion as a result of thought or studyarticle, paper, report, study, survey author, researcher, scientist courtLee's study concluded that rewarding employees who repeatedly try new things leads to more innovation.reasonably, safelyDirect evidence is needed before safely concluding that the drug is not effective.conclusion nouna belief or an opinion that you reach after considering something carefullyarrive at, come to, draw, reach reinforce, supportThere are too many exceptions to draw any firm conclusions on this point. The author supports his arguments well with many examples, and reaches convincing based on, derive fromTheir conclusion derives from a survey carried out in five countries.definitive, firm logical, valid tentative erroneousWithout careful examination, erroneous conclusions can result.conclusive adjectiveevidence, proofDespite the lack of conclusive evidence, the claims were accepted.far fromDespite years of study, the results from empirical research are far from conclusive.inconclusive adjectiveevidence, findings, resultThe inconclusive findings of these studies indicate the need for additional research.prove remainThe experiment proved inconclusive. The virus most likely originated from animals, but evidence remains inconclusive.
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] the end of something such as a speech or a piece of writing The conclusion of the book was disappointing. In conclusion, (= finally) I would like to thank… If we took this argument to its logical conclusion
  3. 3[uncountable] the formal and final arrangement of something official synonym completion the successful conclusion of a trade treaty
  4. Language Bankconclusionsumming up an argument In conclusion, the study has provided useful insights into the issues relating to people's perception of crime. Based on this study, it can be concluded that the introduction of new street lighting did not reduce reported crime. To sum up, no evidence can be found to support the view that improved street lighting reduces reported crime. The available evidence clearly leads to the conclusion that the media do have an influence on the public perception of crime. The main conclusion to be drawn from this study is that the public perception of crime is significantly influenced by crime news reporting. This study has shown that people's fear of crime is out of all proportion to crime itself. Fear of crime is out of all proportion to the actual level of crime, and the reasons for this can be summarized as follows. First… Overall/In general, women are more likely than men to feel insecure walking alone after dark.Idioms
    a foregone conclusion
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    if you say that something is a foregone conclusion, you mean that it is a result that is certain to happen The outcome of the vote is a foregone conclusion.
    jump/leap to conclusions, jump/leap to the conclusion that…
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    to make a decision about someone or something too quickly, before you know or have thought about all the facts There I go again—jumping to conclusions.
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