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conviction

noun
 
 
/kənˈvɪkʃən/ LAW
[C] a decision made by a court of law that someone is guilty of a crime: have a conviction for sth He has two previous convictions for tax evasion.
[U] the process of proving in a court of law that someone is guilty of a crime: Too many defendants are escaping conviction because the case against them was poorly presented.
(Definition of conviction from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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