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FI'NAL, adjective [Latin finalis. See fine.]

1. Pertaining to the end or conclusion; last ultimate; as the final issue or event of things; final hope; final salvation.

2. Conclusive; decisive; ultimate; as a final judgment. The battle of Waterloo was final to the power of Buonaparte; it brought the contest to a final issue.

3. Respecting the end or object to be gained; respecting the purpose or ultimate end in view. The efficient cause is that which produces the event or effect; the final cause is that for which any thing is done.