I stumbled upon this collocation of words in the opening lines of Wikipedia's entry on Data analysis (emphasis added):
...a process of inspecting, cleaning, transforming, and modeling data with the goal of discovering useful information, suggesting conclusions, and supporting decision-making.
I've probably seen it before, without raising any objections. But, now that I've been asked to translate a text where this very excerpt is cited, it seems the time has come. The thing is it seems somehow inherently oblique to be speaking, on behalf of the "concluder", about conclusions, as if these are not already reached.
Diplomacy jargon, or something like that.
You can hardly tell someone:
"Here are some conclusions, but I haven't reached them. Do it yourself if you want".
I mean, is there really such a thing as an idle conclusion?
Once reached, it's validated, conceptually. Until then, it isn't there.
The only thing one can do, once having reached it, is to ask the other party if they agree.
Does it actually make sense to suggest a conclusion?