- 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
Related Words for convictivecredible, alluring, inspiring, energetic, powerful, forceful, eloquent, convincing, logical, plausible, cogent, valid, compelling, potent, impressive, conclusive, persuasive, telling, weighty, effectual
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Historical Examples of convictive
Confidence, not fear, is the keynote of a strong and convictive doctrine.The Armed Forces Officer
U. S. Department of Defense
- able or serving to convince or convict
- 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
Word Origin for convict
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.