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

    Terminating all controversy, doubt, or dispute; the end, ultimate or last. See 18 S. C. 486.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Definitive; terminating; completed ; last In its use in jurisprudence, this word is generally contrasted with "interlocutory." Johnson v. New York, 48 Hun, 629, 1 N. Y. Supp. 254; Garrisen v. Dougherty, 18 S. C. 488; Bondeau v. Beaumette, 4 Minn. 224 (Gil. 163); Blandlng v. Sayles, 23 R. L 226, 49 Atl. 992.
    —Final decision. One from which no appeal or writ of error can be taken. Railway Co. v. Gillespie, 158 Ind. 454, 63 N. E. 84G; Bland-ing v. Sayles, 23 R. I. 226, 49 Atl. 992.
    —Final disposition. When it is said to be essential to the validity of an award that it should make a "final disposition" of the matters embraced in the submission, this term means such a disposition that nothing further remains to fix the rights and obligations of the parties, and no further controversy or litigation is required or can arise on the matter. It is such an award that the party against whom it is made can perform or pay it without any further ascertainment of rights or duties. Colcord v. Fletcher, 50 Me. 401.
    —Final hearing. This term designates the trial of an equity case upon the merits, as distinguished from the hearing of any preliminary questions arising in the cause, which are termed "interlocutory." Smith v. W. U. Tel. Co.. (C. C.) 81 Fed. 243; Akerly v. Vilas, 24 Wis. 171, 1 Am. Rep. 166; Galpin v. Critchlow, ll2 Mass. 343, 17 Am. Rep. 176.
    — Final passage. In parliamentary law. The final passage of a bili is the vote on its passage in either house of the legislature, after it has received the prescribed number of readings on as many different days in that house. State v. Buckley, 54 Ala. 613. As to final "Costs," "Decree," "Judgment," "Injunction," "Order," "Process," "Recovery," "Sentence," and "Settlement," see those titles.