conviction

noun
con·​vic·​tion | \ kən-ˈvik-shən How to pronounce conviction (audio) \

Definition of conviction

1 : the act or process of finding a person guilty of a crime especially in a court of law
2a : a strong persuasion or belief
b : the state of being convinced
3a : 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

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certainty, certitude, conviction mean a state of being free from doubt. certainty and certitude are very close; certainty may stress the existence of objective proof claims that cannot be confirmed with scientific certainty , while certitude may emphasize a faith in something not needing or not capable of proof. believes with certitude in an afterlife conviction applies especially to belief strongly held by an individual. holds firm convictions on every issue

opinion, view, belief, conviction, persuasion, sentiment mean a judgment one holds as true. opinion implies a conclusion thought out yet open to dispute. each expert seemed to have a different opinion view suggests a subjective opinion. very assertive in stating his views belief implies often deliberate acceptance and intellectual assent. a firm belief in her party's platform conviction applies to a firmly and seriously held belief. the conviction that animal life is as sacred as human persuasion suggests a belief grounded on assurance (as by evidence) of its truth. was of the persuasion that everything changes sentiment suggests a settled opinion reflective of one's feelings. her feminist sentiments are well-known

Examples of conviction in a Sentence

… 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 It was his conviction that if the words in the story were blurred because of the author's insensitivity, carelessness, or sentimentality, then the story suffered from a tremendous handicap. — Raymond Carver, The Story and Its Writer, edited by Ann Charters, 1987 She spoke in … the voice which people often used to express their deepest convictions — Paula Fox, A Servant's Tale, 1984 Certainly the basis of our democracy is the conviction of the worth of the individual. — Robert Penn Warren, Democracy and Poetry, (1975) 1976 She hopes to avoid conviction. In light of the evidence, a conviction seems certain. He has three prior drunk-driving convictions. Convictions for shoplifting have made it difficult for her to get a job. a person of deep convictions They share my strong conviction that the policy is misguided.
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Recent Examples on the Web Blagojevich’s conviction was notable, even in a state where four of the last 10 governors have gone to prison for corruption. Michael Tarm, Time, "Trump Commutes Ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich's Corruption Sentence in Midst of Clemency Blitz," 18 Feb. 2020 Cadiz's conviction is the latest victory in Attorney General Mark Brnovich's effort to crack down on Arizona charter schools that misuse public funds. Craig Harris, azcentral, "Arizona charter school principal pleads guilty in $2.5 million enrollment scheme," 14 Feb. 2020 The misdemeanor conviction is punishable by up to 93 days in jail. USA TODAY, "Show choir, Haiku Stairs, Teton bighorns: News from around our 50 states," 13 Feb. 2020 The assault case resulted in a misdemeanor conviction, said his current lawyer, Jackie Pearce, of Make the Road New York, an immigrant advocacy organization. Ed Shanahan, New York Times, "Shooting of Man in the Face by ICE Turns Into a Trump-New York Fight," 11 Feb. 2020 The second trial, in 2018, resulted in the comedian’s conviction. Michael R. Sisak, Fortune, "Defense rests without Weinstein testifying at rape trial," 11 Feb. 2020 Rodriguez’s conviction wasn’t his first brush with the law. Elizabeth Zavala, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio roofing company owners sentenced to prison in scam targeting mostly elderly," 10 Feb. 2020 That conviction is what helped Dantonio succeed in East Lansing, what helped him instill the relentlessness and toughness inside the program, what helped him build his program. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State's Mark Dantonio did it his way, even as it led to a messy ending," 5 Feb. 2020 Hernandez’s sole conviction was for the murder of a friend, Odin Lloyd. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Football Is the Villain in Aaron Hernandez’s True Crime Story," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of conviction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conviction

see convict entry 2

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21 Feb 2020

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“Conviction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conviction. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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conviction

noun
How to pronounce conviction (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of conviction

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

conviction

noun
con·​vic·​tion | \ kən-ˈvik-shən How to pronounce conviction (audio) \

Kids Definition of conviction

1 : a strong belief or opinion political convictions
2 : the state of mind of a person who is sure that what he or she believes or says is true She spoke with conviction.
3 : the act of proving or finding guilty : the state of being proven guilty He appealed his conviction.

conviction

noun
con·​vic·​tion

Legal Definition of conviction

1 : the act or process of convicting also : the final judgment entered after a finding of guilt a prior conviction of murder would not overturn the conviction — compare acquittal

Note: Jurisdictions differ as to what constitutes conviction for various statutes (as habitual offender statutes). Conviction is rarely applied to civil cases.

2 : guilt the judge will enter a judgment of conviction— W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel

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