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1convict

adjective con·vict \kən-ˈvikt\

Definition of CONVICT

archaic
:  having been convicted

First Known Use of CONVICT

14th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

2convict

verb con·vict \kən-ˈvikt\

law : to prove that someone is guilty of a crime in a court of law

Full Definition of CONVICT

transitive verb
1
:  to find or prove to be guilty
2
:  to convince of error or sinfulness
intransitive verb
:  to find a defendant guilty

Examples of CONVICT

  1. There is sufficient evidence to convict.
  2. He was convicted in federal court.
  3. The jury convicted them on three counts of fraud.
  4. Have you ever been convicted of a crime?

Origin of CONVICT

Middle English, from Anglo-French convicter, from Latin convictus, past participle of convincere to refute, convict
First Known Use: 14th century

3convict

noun con·vict \ˈkän-ˌvikt\

: a person who has been found guilty of a crime and sent to prison

Full Definition of CONVICT

1
:  a person convicted of and under sentence for a crime
2
:  a person serving a usually long prison sentence

Examples of CONVICT

  1. <a warning that the three escaped convicts were armed and dangerous>

First Known Use of CONVICT

15th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

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