What is the meaning of 「以{い}上{じょう}」 when someone finishes his/her speech and says 「以上」? For example - the lawyer at the court after his speech says 「以上」and stops speaking then.

  • I can't imagine just saying "以上" to end a speech. I am pretty sure you say the complete "以上です".
    – user312440
    Oct 3, 2014 at 17:30
  • It was a drama リーガルハイ - on NHK/FujiTV - and the main character at the court did so.. Oct 3, 2014 at 17:50

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The meaning is "that's all", in the sense of "(all that there is, I've said) before".

The second definition of 以上 here shows that "above" is equated with "before", and the fourth definition corresponds to the usage you're referring to.

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