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conviction

Line breaks: con|vic¦tion
Pronunciation: /kənˈvɪkʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of conviction in English:

noun

1A formal declaration by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge in a court of law that someone is guilty of a criminal offence: she had a previous conviction for a similar offence
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
declaration/pronouncement of guilt, sentence, judgement
2A firmly held belief or opinion: she takes pride in stating her political convictions [with clause]: his conviction that the death was no accident was stronger
More 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?
Synonyms
2.1 [mass noun] The quality of showing that one is firmly convinced of what one believes or says: she had been speaking for some five minutes with force and conviction
More 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.
Synonyms
no shadow of a doubt

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin convictio(n-), from the verb convincere (see convince).

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