I use this link but i don't quite understand it: https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/finality?q=finality+

"Not only does this call into question the finality of individual payments, it also means that a cryptocurrency can simply stop functioning, resulting in a complete loss of value."

Source: http://www.ibtimes.com/bigger-cryptocurrencies-get-worse-they-perform-bis-2691889

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    Finality is a technical term in monetary and settlement systems and refers to the point of irrevocability as it relates to a payment transaction. You should look this up not in a standard dictionary but in a textbook on currencies and international exchange.
    – TimR
    Commented Jun 19, 2018 at 12:39
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo -- Your comment would make a good answer, especially if you provided a link to a brief explanation of the concept from such a textbook.
    – Jasper
    Commented Aug 31, 2019 at 16:05

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Finality is a noun form of the adjective final, referring to the characteristic of being final. The equivalent in the more common pattern is to use the suffix -ness, like stillness or bigness, but the -ity suffix also occurs a fair amount, such as futility for futile.

If a decision, or a financial transaction, or a result in a sports match, is final, then it is irrevocable and settled with no ability to back out or change it. Thus finality is the quality that "individual payments" have when they are final: they cannot be undone.

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