WORD ORIGIN 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 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-
) proof (of guilt). See
-ion Related forms con·vic·tion·al, adjective non·con·vic·tion, noun pre·con·vic·tion, noun pro·con·vic·tion, adjective re·con·vic·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for reconviction 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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Word Origin and History for reconviction n.
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.
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Idioms and Phrases with reconviction
see courage of one's convictions.
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