Definitions for convictionkənˈvɪk ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•vic•tionkənˈvɪk ʃən(n.)

  1. a fixed or firm belief.

  2. the act of convicting.

  3. the state of being convicted.

  4. the state of being convinced.

  5. the act of convincing.

Origin of conviction:

1400–50; late ME < LL

Princeton's WordNet

  1. conviction, strong belief, article of faith(noun)

    an unshakable belief in something without need for proof or evidence

  2. conviction, judgment of conviction, condemnation, sentence(noun)

    (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed

    "the conviction came as no surprise"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. conviction(noun)ənˈvɪk ʃən

    a strong belief

    religious convictions

  2. convictionənˈvɪk ʃən

    a guilty verdict given in a law court

    a previous drug conviction


  1. conviction(Noun)

    A firmly held belief.

  2. conviction(Noun)

    A judgement of guilt in a court of law.

  3. conviction(Noun)

    The state of being found or proved guilty.

  4. conviction(Noun)

    The state of being convinced.

  5. Origin: From conviction, from convictio, from convictus, the past participle of convinco.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conviction(noun)

    the act of convicting; the act of proving, finding, or adjudging, guilty of an offense

  2. Conviction(noun)

    a judgment of condemnation entered by a court having jurisdiction; the act or process of finding guilty, or the state of being found guilty of any crime by a legal tribunal

  3. Conviction(noun)

    the act of convincing of error, or of compelling the admission of a truth; confutation

  4. Conviction(noun)

    the state of being convinced or convicted; strong persuasion or belief; especially, the state of being convicted of sin, or by one's conscience


  1. Conviction

    In general, conviction means a strong persuasion or belief. It also means the state of being convinced. In law, a conviction is the verdict that results when a court of law finds a defendant guilty of a crime. The opposite of a conviction is an acquittal. In Scotland and in the Netherlands, there can also be a verdict of "not proven", which counts as an acquittal. There are also cases where the court orders that a defendant not be convicted, despite being found guilty. For a host of reasons, the criminal justice system is not perfect, and sometimes guilty defendants are acquitted, while innocent people are convicted. Appeal mechanisms mitigate this problem to some extent. An error which results in the conviction of an innocent person is known as a miscarriage of justice. After a defendant is convicted, the court determines the appropriate sentence as a punishment. Furthermore, the conviction may lead to results beyond the terms of the sentence itself. Such ramifications are known as the collateral consequences of criminal charges. A minor conviction is considered, in a term, a warning conviction, and it doesn't affect the defendant, but does serve as a warning.

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  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conviction' in Nouns Frequency: #1450

Translations for conviction

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the passing of a sentence on a guilty person

She has had two convictions for drunken driving.

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