1 for a crime
earlier, previous (esp. BrE), prior (AmE)
spent (BrE)

You are not obliged to acknowledge spent convictions.

successful (esp. BrE)
unsafe (BrE), wrongful

Keeping this information from the jury could result in a wrongful conviction.

drug, murder, etc.

He has three criminal convictions.

lead to

A reward is offered for information leading to the conviction of the attacker.

obtain, secure, win

They need strong evidence to secure a conviction.


He believes that too many defendants are escaping conviction by claiming that they are insane.

appeal (AmE), appeal against (BrE)

He appealed against his conviction for murder.

Her lawyer said that she plans to appeal her conviction.

overturn, quash (BrE), reverse (AmE)
affirm (AmE), uphold
be based on

a conviction based on very slim evidence


The conviction rate for rape is low.

on conviction

His sentence on conviction would be life imprisonment.

conviction against

The court overturned the conviction against her.

conviction for

a conviction for murder

the rate of conviction
2 belief/appearance of belief
absolute, complete, total, unshakable, utter
deep, deeply held, firm, fundamental, great, passionate, real, strong

It is my firm conviction that nothing will change until we address the root causes of the problem.

There was no great conviction in his voice.

ideological, moral, political, religious, theological
Catholic, Christian, etc.
have, hold

She had this absolute conviction that what she liked others would like.


They share a deep conviction that their views on world matters are still vitally important.


Her explanation failed to carry conviction (= failed to sound convincing) in the face of the facts.


The American Constitution reflects certain religious convictions.


Nothing could shake her conviction that she could not be beaten.

reinforce, strengthen

These experiences reinforced my conviction that music helps learning.


Her arguments lacked conviction.

politics (BrE)

the demise of consensus and the rise of conviction politics

with conviction, without conviction

‘Not true!’ she said with conviction.

conviction about

He had a strong personal conviction about the power of the printed word.

have the courage of your convictions (= to be brave enough to do what you feel to be right)

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