- 1A formal declaration that someone is guilty of a criminal offense, made by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge in a court of law: she had a previous conviction for a similar offenseMore example sentences
declaration of guilt, sentence, judgment
- The Court of Criminal Appeal quashed the conviction for murder and substituted one of manslaughter.
- The fact that a claimant has convictions for offences of dishonesty does not mean that a jury must disbelieve him.
- At an early stage the jury were told of the appellant's previous convictions.
- 2A firmly held belief or opinion: his conviction that the death was no accident she takes pride in stating her political convictionsMore example sentences
- This afternoon I have tried to set before you some of my most deeply held convictions and beliefs.
- There is no reason why a BBC journalist should not have political convictions.
- And yet how can I turn away from my faith in God, my political convictions, my gender?
- 2.1The quality of showing that one is firmly convinced of what one believes or says: his voice lacked convictionMore example sentences
- The boy's voice lacked much conviction but worse than that he sounded as if he were about to cry.
- Kathy said but there was a lack of conviction in her voice now and I smiled inwardly.
- If you agree with me, then stand up with conviction for what we believe in and fight for it.
late Middle English: from Latin convictio(n-), from the verb convincere (see convince).