Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Matter in a declaration following the statement of the cause of action. See 7 Ark. 282. The formal closing of a plea.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The end; the termination; the act of finishing or bringing to a close. The conclusion of a declaration or complaint is all that part which follows the statement of the plaintiff's cause of action. The conclusion of a plea is its final clause, in which the defendant either "puts himself upon the country" (where a material averment of the declaration is traversed and issue tendered) or offers a verification, which is proper where new matter is introduced. State v. Waters, 1 Mo. App. 7. In trial practice. It signifies making the final or concluding address to the jury or the court. This is, in generui, the privilege of the party who has to sustain the burden of proof. Conclusion also denotes a bar or estoppel; the consequence, as respects the individual, of a judgment upon the subject-matter, or of his confession of a matter or thing which the law thenceforth forbids him to deny.
    —Conclusion against the form of the statute. The proper form for the conclusion of an indictment for an offense created by statute is the technical phrase "against the form of the statute in such case made and provided ;" or, in Latin, contra formam statuti.
    —Conclusion of fact. An inference drawn from the subordinate or evidentiary facts.
    — Conclusion of law. Within the rule that pleadings should contain only facts, and not conclusions of law, this means a proposition not arrived at by any process of natural reasoning from a fact or combination of facts stated, but by the application of the artificial rules of law to the facts pleaded. Levins v. Rovegno, 71 Cal. 273, 12 Pac. 161; Iron Co. v. Vandervort, 164 Pa. 572, 30 Atl. 491; Clark v. Railway Co., 28 Minn, 69, 9 N. W. 75.
    — Conclusion to the country. In pleading. The tender of an issue to be tried by jury. Steph. PI. 230.