What does conviction mean?

Definitions for conviction
kənˈvɪk ʃəncon·vic·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word conviction.

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"


  1. conviction(Noun)

    A firmly held belief.

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

  2. conviction(Noun)

    A judgement of guilt in a court of law.

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

  3. conviction(Noun)

    The state of being found or proved guilty.

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

  4. conviction(Noun)

    The state of being convinced.

    Etymology: 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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conviction' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4338

  2. Nouns Frequency

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

How to pronounce conviction?

  1. Alex
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How to say conviction in sign language?

  1. conviction


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conviction in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conviction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of conviction in a Sentence

  1. Jeremy Batstone-Carr:

    The Fed's statement earlier in the week helped to squeeze us higher. But the market doesn't have a high degree of conviction at the moment, the outlook remains one of sub-trend growth and low inflation. The downgrades in Italy illustrate that we're not out of the woods as far as growth is concerned.

  2. Isao Takenami:

    Unless we have conviction that they are making efficient investment over the long-term, investors won't be able to buy them.

  3. Nicholas Butler:

    The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.

  4. Halakhe Waqo:

    One conviction will be a big milestone.

  5. Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court:

    When a defendant dies irrespective of cause, while a direct appeal as of right challenging his conviction is pending, the proper course is to dismiss the appeal as moot.

Images & Illustrations of conviction

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