conviction

A conviction is something certain: a judgment of guilty in court and a strong belief are both convictions.

In the legal world, when a judge or jury convicts someone of a crime — finding them guilty — this is called a conviction. Prosecutors try to get convictions, and defense attorneys try to prevent them. Also, convictions are beliefs — principles. The United States was founded on many convictions, such as the belief in free speech and separation of church and state. When you have a conviction, you're certain of something.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: conviction

1
n
an unshakable belief in something without need for proof or evidence
2
n
(criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: conviction
1

n an unshakable belief in something without need for proof or evidence

Synonyms:
article of faith, strong belief
Types:
amateurism
the conviction that people should participate in sports as a hobby (for the fun of it) rather than for money
Type of:
belief
any cognitive content held as true
2

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

“the conviction came as no surprise”
Synonyms:
condemnation, judgment of conviction, sentence
Antonyms:
acquittal
a judgment of not guilty
Types:
murder conviction
conviction for murder
rape conviction
conviction for rape
robbery conviction
conviction for robbery
Type of:
final decision, final judgment
a judgment disposing of the case before the court; after the judgment (or an appeal from it) is rendered all that remains is to enforce the judgment
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