- a fixed or firm belief: No clever argument, no persuasive fact or theory could make a dent in his conviction in the rightness of his position.
- the act of convicting someone, as in a court of law; a declaration that a person is guilty of an offense.
- the state of being convicted.
- the act of convincing a person by argument or evidence.
- the state of being convinced.
Origin of conviction
Examples from the Web for conviction
Still, his conviction will restart a House Ethics Committee investigation into his actions.The Felon Who Wouldn’t Leave Congress
Ben Jacobs, David Freedlander
December 23, 2014
Vasquez, who has borderline ID, was exonerated in 1989, four years after his conviction.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
December 16, 2014
The pre-war records in Albany revealed a conviction the fellow earned at 16 before going off to war.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
It would seem that Schettino has little chance to escape a conviction.The Costa Concordia’s Randy Reckless Captain Takes the Stand
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 2, 2014
The only justice sought by those folks involved a conviction against Wilson for killing the “gentle giant” teen.Justice Was Served in Ferguson—This Isn’t Jim Crow America
November 25, 2014
Percival watched the decline with a conviction that he was dreaming.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Falling from the lips of others, they dropped with conviction into my own soul.
She spoke quietly enough, but with the earnestness of conviction.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
This accusation, after soul-wearying delays, had culminated to-day in conviction.
Mary's voice came with a certainty of conviction born of fact.
- the state or appearance of being convinced
- a fixed or firmly held belief, opinion, etc
- the act of convincing
- the act or an instance of convicting or the state of being convicted
- carry conviction to be convincing
Word Origin and History for conviction
mid-15c., "the proving of guilt," from Late Latin convictionem (nominative convictio) "proof, refutation," noun of action from past participle stem of convincere (see convince). Meaning "mental state of being convinced" is from 1690s; that of "firm belief, a belief held as proven" is from 1841.