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"conviction" in British English

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convictionnoun

uk   us   /kənˈvɪk.ʃən/

conviction noun (CRIME)

C2 [C or U] the ​fact of ​officially being ​found to be ​guilty of a ​particularcrime, or the ​act of ​officiallyfinding someone ​guilty: Since it was her first conviction forstealing, she was given a less ​severesentence. He has a ​longrecord of ​previous convictions forsimilaroffences. The conviction of the three ​demonstrators has ​causedpublicoutragelocally.
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conviction noun (OPINION)

C2 [C or U] a ​strongopinion or ​belief: religious/​moral convictions a deep/​strong/​lifelong conviction [+ that] It's mypersonal conviction that all ​rapists should be ​locked away for ​life. [U] a ​feeling of being ​certain about something: He said he was ​enjoying his new ​job, but his ​voice lacked conviction.
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(Definition of conviction from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"conviction" in American English

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convictionnoun [C/U]

 us   /kənˈvɪk·ʃən/

conviction noun [C/U] (BELIEF)

a ​strongbelief that is not ​likely to ​change, or the ​strongfeeling that ​yourbeliefs are ​right: [C] He has no ​ability to ​communicate his convictions. [U] His ​followersbelieved with ​varyingdegrees of conviction.

conviction noun [C/U] (CRIME)

the ​act of ​decidingofficially in a ​court of ​law that someone is ​guilty of a ​particularcrime: [C] His ​criminalrecordincludes convictions for robberies in several ​states.
(Definition of conviction from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"conviction" in Business English

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convictionnoun

uk   us   /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 ​taxevasion.
[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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