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.

Definitions of conviction
  1. noun

    an unshakable belief in something without need for proof or evidence

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

  2. noun

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

    conviction came as no surprise”
    condemnation, judgment of conviction, sentence
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    a judgment of not guilty

    murder conviction

    conviction for murder
    rape conviction

    conviction for rape
    robbery conviction

    conviction for robbery
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    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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