noun con·vic·tion \kən-ˈvik-shən\

law : the act of proving that a person is guilty of a crime in a court of law

: a strong belief or opinion

: the feeling of being sure that what you believe or say is true

Full Definition of CONVICTION

:  the act or process of finding a person guilty of a crime especially in a court of law
a :  the act of convincing a person of error or of compelling the admission of a truth
b :  the state of being convinced of error or compelled to admit the truth
a :  a strong persuasion or belief
b :  the state of being convinced

Examples of CONVICTION

  1. She hopes to avoid conviction.
  2. In light of the evidence, a conviction seems certain.
  3. He has three prior drunk-driving convictions.
  4. Convictions for shoplifting have made it difficult for her to get a job.
  5. a person of deep convictions
  6. They share my strong conviction that the policy is misguided.
  7. … a perfect example, I told Bobby, … why Realtors have to be prepared to work holidays. Well, yeah, he said, utterly without conviction. —Jane Smiley, Good Faith, 2003


(see 2convict)
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Legal Terms

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


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