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n. 1) in general, the end. 2) in a trial, the end of all evidence has been introduced and final arguments made, so nothing more can be presented, even if lawyer thinks of something new or forgotten. 3) in a trial or court hearing, a final determination of the facts by the trier of fact (jury or judge) and/or a judge's decision on the law. (See: conclusion of fact, conclusion of law)

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1 an admission or statement binding on the party making it; ESTOPPEL.
2 the close of a pleading or of a conveyance. See also CONCLUSIONS.
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CONCLUSION, practice. Making the last argument or address to the court or jury. The party on whom the onus probandi is cast, in general has the conclusion.

CONCLUSION, remedies. An estoppel; a bar; the act of a man by which he has confessed a matter or thing which he can no longer deny; as, for example, the sheriff is concluded by his return to a writ, and therefore, if upon a capias he return cepi corpus, he cannot afterwards show that he did not arrest the defendant, but is concluded by his return. Vide Plowd. 276, b; 3 Tho. Co. Litt. 600.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The Bishop of Worcester, the Right Rev Dr Peter Selby, said: 'I hope people will not leap to conclusions before we know the answers to many questions.'
Defence counsel Richard Rampton QC told Irving he was concerned with his "readiness to leap to conclusions in favour of the SS and the Nazis." Irving said he strongly objected to that suggestion.
Try to slow down your mind and not leap to conclusions. Even though to some extent you should be overjoyed by events during the next few days.
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At this point you may be tempted to leap to conclusions. Enter, you might think, fundamentalism, easily characterised as a straightforward determination to address the absence of mythos in society today.
Environment Minister Mr Michael Meacher urged the public not to "leap to conclusions" after a warning from a climate action group that one firm had stopped cover in high-risk areas.