Definition - Noun
1  : the act or process of convicting
: the final judgment entered after a finding of guilt <a prior ~ of murder> <would not overturn the ~>
compare acquittal
Jurisdictions differ as to what constitutes conviction for various statutes (as habitual offender statutes). Conviction is rarely applied to civil cases.
2  : See also guilt<the judge will enter a judgment of ~ ­W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel>

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