Final cause

Final cause
Final Fi"nal (f[imac]"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. [1913 Webster]

Yet despair not of his final pardon. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Conclusive; decisive; as, a final judgment; the battle of Waterloo brought the contest to a final issue. [1913 Webster]

3. Respecting an end or object to be gained; respecting the purpose or ultimate end in view. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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