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

  • transitive v. To bring by the use of argument or evidence to firm belief or a course of action. See Synonyms at persuade.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To prove to be wrong or guilty.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To conquer; overpower.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

Etymologies

Latin convincere, to prove wrong : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + vincere, to conquer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin convincere ("to refute, prove"), from con- + vincō ("to conquer, to vanquish"). (Wiktionary)

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