a very strong belief or opinion
religious/political etc convictions
a woman of strong political convictions
The Dotens have a deep conviction that marriage is for life.
The students possess the conviction that they can make a difference to their community.
the feeling of being sure about something and having no doubts
He was able to say with conviction that he had changed.
'No,' she said, without conviction.
It was a reasonable explanation, but his voice lacked conviction.
It took her so much effort to speak that what she said carried great conviction (=showed she felt sure of what she said).
3 [uncountable and countable]SCL
a decision in a court of law that someone is guilty of a crime, or the process of proving that someone is guilty [≠ acquittal]:
They had no previous convictions.
Applicants are checked for criminal convictions.
This was her third conviction for theft.
the trial and conviction of Jimmy Malone