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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To cause (someone) by the use of argument or evidence to believe something or to take a course of action. synonym: persuade.
  • transitive verb To prove to be wrong or guilty.
  • transitive verb To conquer; overpower.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To persuade or satisfy by argument or evidence; cause to believe in the truth of what is alleged; gain the credence of: as, to convince a man of his errors, or to convince him of the truth.
  • To evince; demonstrate; prove.
  • To refute; show to be wrong.
  • To overpower; conquer; vanquish.
  • To convict; prove or find guilty.
  • Synonyms Convince, Persuade. To convince a person is to satisfy his understanding as to the truth of a certain statement; to persuade him is, by derivation, to affect his will by motives; but it has long been used also for convince, as in Luke xx. 6, “they be persuaded that John was a prophet.” There is a marked tendency now to confine persuade to its own distinctive meaning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To overpower; to overcome; to subdue or master.
  • transitive verb To overcome by argument; to force to yield assent to truth; to satisfy by proof.
  • transitive verb obsolete To confute; to prove the fallacy of.
  • transitive verb obsolete To prove guilty; to convict.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To make someone believe, or feel sure about something, especially by using logic, argument or evidence.
  • verb obsolete, transitive To overcome, conquer, vanquish.
  • verb obsolete, transitive To confute; to prove wrong.
  • verb obsolete, transitive To prove guilty; to convict.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin convincere, to prove wrong : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + vincere, to conquer; see weik- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin convincere ("to refute, prove"), from con- + vincō ("to conquer, to vanquish").

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