[verb, adjective kuh n-vikt; noun kon-vikt]
- to prove or declare guilty of an offense, especially after a legal trial: to convict a prisoner of a felony.
- to impress with a sense of guilt.
- a person proved or declared guilty of an offense.
- a person serving a prison sentence.
- Archaic. convicted.
Origin of convict
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- to pronounce (someone) guilty of an offence
- a person found guilty of an offence against the law, esp one who is sentenced to imprisonment
- a person serving a prison sentence
- obsolete convicted
C14: from Latin convictus convicted of crime, from convincere to prove guilty, convince
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Word Origin and History for convictable
mid-14c., from Latin convictus, past participle of convincere "to 'overcome' in argument" (see convince). Replaced Old English verb oferstælan. Related: Convicted; convicting.
late 15c., from convict (v). Slang shortening con is from 1893.
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