conviction

[ kuhn-vik-shuhn ]
/ kənˈvɪk ʃən /

noun

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

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin convictiōn- (stem of convictiō) proof (of guilt). See convict, -ion

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See belief.
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British Dictionary definitions for conviction

conviction

/ (kənˈvɪkʃən) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

convictional, adjective
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Idioms and Phrases with conviction

conviction


see courage of one's convictions.

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