An example of convince is an attorney presenting evidence to get jurors to believe his client is innocent.
- Obs. to overcome, confute, or convict
- to persuade to believe, by argument or evidence; make feel sure: convinced of the validity of her argument
- to persuade to do something: a usage still objected to by some: we convinced him to see a doctor
Origin of convinceClassical Latin convincere, to overcome, convict of error ; from com-, intensive + vincere, to conquer: see victor
transitive verbcon·vinced, con·vinc·ing, con·vinc·es
- To cause (someone) by the use of argument or evidence to believe something or to take a course of action. See Synonyms at persuade.
- Obsolete a. To prove to be wrong or guilty.b. To conquer; overpower.
Origin of convinceLatin convincere, to prove wrong : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + vincere, to conquer; see weik-3 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present convinces, present participle convincing, simple past and past participle convinced)
From Latin convincō (“to refute, prove”), from con- + vincō (“to conquer, to vanquish”).