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conviction

[kuh n-vik-shuh n] /kənˈvɪk ʃən/
noun
1.
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.
2.
the act of convicting someone, as in a court of law; a declaration that a person is guilty of an offense.
3.
the state of being convicted.
4.
the act of convincing a person by argument or evidence.
5.
the state of being convinced.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin convictiōn- (stem of convictiō) proof (of guilt). See convict, -ion
Related forms
convictional, adjective
nonconviction, noun
preconviction, noun
proconviction, adjective
reconviction, noun
Synonyms
1. See belief.
Antonyms
5. doubt, uncertainty.
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conviction

/kənˈvɪkʃən/
noun
1.
the state or appearance of being convinced
2.
a fixed or firmly held belief, opinion, etc
3.
the act of convincing
4.
the act or an instance of convicting or the state of being convicted
5.
carry conviction, to be convincing
Derived Forms
convictional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for reconviction

conviction

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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