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convict

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adjective con·vict \kən-ˈvikt\

Definition of convict

archaic

  1. :  having been convicted

Origin and Etymology of convict

see 2convict


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convict

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verb con·vict \kən-ˈvikt\

Definition of convict

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to find or prove to be guilty The jury convicted them of fraud.

  3. 2 :  to convince of error or sinfulness

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to find a defendant guilty Remarkably, two of the jurors boldly dug in their heels and pressed to convict. — John Grisham

Examples of convict in a Sentence

  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?

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Origin and Etymology of convict

Middle English, from Anglo-French convicter, from Latin convictus, past participle of convincere to refute, convict


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convict

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noun con·vict \ˈkän-ˌvikt\

Definition of convict

  1. 1 :  a person convicted of and under sentence for a crime

  2. 2 :  a person serving a usually long prison sentence

Examples of convict in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of convict

see 2convict



CONVICT Defined for English Language Learners

convict

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Definition of convict for English Language Learners

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

convict

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Definition of convict for English Language Learners

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


CONVICT Defined for Kids

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convict

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verb con·vict \kən-ˈvikt\

Definition of convict for Students

convicted

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convicting

  1. :  to prove or find guilty


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convict

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noun con·vict \ˈkän-ˌvikt\

Definition of convict for Students

  1. :  a person serving a prison sentence


Law Dictionary

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convict

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transitive verb con·vict \kən-ˈvikt\

Legal Definition of convict

  1. :  to find guilty of a criminal offense was convicted of fraud — compare acquit

Origin and Etymology of convict

Latin convictus past participle of convincere to find guilty, prove, from com- with, together + vincer to conquer


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convict

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noun con·vict \ˈkän-ˌvikt\

Legal Definition of convict

  1. :  a person convicted of and serving a sentence for a crime



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