Why to use final method in java programs? – Is it inherited?

(Last Updated On: February 26, 2019)

Answer: final method in java programs is used to stop being overridden in derived class. However, final method can be inherited in derived class.

Note that final methods can be used in any normal class and not only to java final class.

In below java code example, Insurance class is the base class that is having final method “public final void InsuranceQuote() “ and normal method “public void process()” . The derived class InsuranceAgent cannot override final method InsuranceQuote() for its own implementation and have to use base class InsuranceQuote() method, but can override process() method.




Final method can be overloaded in java programs, In below example, we have overload two final methods given below.
public final void InsuranceQuote()
public final void InsuranceQuote(String premium)





  • final method cannot be overridden in java
  • final method can be overloaded in java.
  • final method can be inherited in java
  • final method cannot be abstract in java

Recommended to read the interview question i.e. Can a method be final and abstract both in java?


Some frequently asked java interview questions related to final keyword


Can final method be overloaded in java ?

Answer: Yes, final method in java programs can be overloaded.

Can we inherit final method in java?

Answer: Yes, we can inherit final method.

Can we override final method in java?

Answer: No, we cannot override final method, but, just we can inherit.  NOTE: Final method we make to stop overriding it in a class.

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