1. Forming or occurring at the end; last: the final scene of a film.
2. Of or constituting the end result of a succession or process; ultimate: an act with both an immediate and a final purpose. See Synonyms at last1.
3. Not to be changed or reconsidered; unalterable: The judge's decision is final.
Something that comes at or forms the end, especially:
a. The last or one of the last of a series of contests: the finals of a state spelling bee.
b. The last examination of an academic course.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fīnālis, from fīnis, end.]
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