Sôp, Hebrew Strong's #5490, is used 5 times in the Old Testament. It is translated as end (3), conclusion (1), hinder part (1). It is translated “conclusion” in the following verse:
Ecclesiastes 12:13 - Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
CONCLUSION, noun [Latin]
1. End; close; the last part; as the conclusion of an address.
2. The close of an argument, debate or reasoning; inference that ends the discussion; final result.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter; fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13.
3. Determination; final decision.
After long debate, the house of commons came to this conclusion
4. Consequence; inference; that which is collected or drawn from premises; particular deduction from propositions, facts, experience, or reasoning.
5. The event of experiments; experiment.
We practice all conclusions of grafting and inoculating. [Little used.]
6. Confinement of the thoughts; silence. [Not used.]
Bouvier’s Dictionary of Law, 1856
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.
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.
The Century Dictionary, an Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language, 1895
Black’s Law Dictionary, 1st edition, 1891
WEX Legal Dictionary
1) In a trial, the end of all evidence being introduced and final arguments made, so nothing more can be presented. 2) In a trial or court hearing, a final determination of the facts by the jury or judge or a judge's decision on the law.
Conclusion of Law
A judge's final decision on a question of law which has been raised in a trial or a court hearing, particularly those issues which are vital to reaching a judgment. These may be presented orally by the judge in open court, but are often contained in a written judgment, such as an award of damages or denial of a petition.
Conclusion of Fact
In a trial, the final result of an analysis of the facts presented in evidence, made by the trier of fact (a jury or judge). When a judge is the trier of fact, he or she will present orally in open court or in a written judgment the conclusions of fact supporting the decision.