convict

[ verb, adjective kuh n-vikt; noun kon-vikt ]
/ verb, adjective kənˈvɪkt; noun ˈkɒn vɪkt /

verb (used with object)

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.

noun

a person proved or declared guilty of an offense.
a person serving a prison sentence.

adjective

Archaic. convicted.

Origin of convict

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English convicten < Latin convictus past participle of convincere, equivalent to con- con- + vic- variant stem of vincere to overcome + -tus past participle suffix (see convince); (noun, adj.) Middle English convict, past participle of convicten (or directly < L)

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Examples from the Web for convictive

  • Confidence, not fear, is the keynote of a strong and convictive doctrine.

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British Dictionary definitions for convictive (1 of 2)

convictive

/ (kənˈvɪktɪv) /

adjective

able or serving to convince or convict

Derived Forms

convictively, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for convictive (2 of 2)

convict


verb (kənˈvɪkt) (tr)

to pronounce (someone) guilty of an offence

noun (ˈkɒnvɪkt)

a person found guilty of an offence against the law, esp one who is sentenced to imprisonment
a person serving a prison sentence

adjective (kənˈvɪkt)

obsolete convicted

Derived Forms

convictable or convictible, adjective

Word Origin for convict

C14: from Latin convictus convicted of crime, from convincere to prove guilty, convince
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