|n.||1.||The act of turning or changing from one state or condition to another, or the state of being changed; transmutation; change.|
|2.||The act of changing one's views or course, as in passing from one side, party, or from of religion to another; also, the state of being so changed.|
|3.||(Law) An appropriation of, and dealing with the property of another as if it were one's own, without right; as, the conversion of a horse.|
|4.||(Logic) The act of interchanging the terms of a proposition, as by putting the subject in the place of the predicate, or the contrary.|
|5.||(Math.) A change or reduction of the form or value of a proposition; as, the conversion of equations; the conversion of proportions.|
|6.||(Mil.) A change of front, as a body of troops attacked in the flank.|
|7.||(Theol.) A spiritual and moral change attending a change of belief with conviction; a change of heart; a change from the service of the world to the service of God; a change of the ruling disposition of the soul, involving a transformation of the outward life.|
|Noun||1.||conversion - an event that results in a transformation|
|2.||conversion - a change in the units or form of an expression: "conversion from Fahrenheit to Centigrade"|
|3.||conversion - a successful free throw or try for point after a touchdown|
|4.||conversion - a spiritual enlightenment causing a person to lead a new life|
|5.||conversion - (psychiatry) a defense mechanism represses emotional conflicts which are then converted into physical symptoms that have no organic basis|
|6.||conversion - a change of religion; "his conversion to the Catholic faith"|
|7.||conversion - interchange of subject and predicate of a proposition|
|8.||conversion - act of exchanging one type of money or security for another|
|9.||conversion - the act of changing from one use or function or purpose to another|
CONVERSION. torts. the unlawful turning or applying the personal goods of
another to the use of the taker, or of some other person than the, owner; or
the unlawful destroying or altering their nature. Bull. N. P. 44; 6 Mass.
20; 14 Pick. 356; 3 Brod. & Bing. 2; Cro. Eliz. 219 12 Mod. 519; 5 Mass.
104; 6 Shepl. 382; Story, Bailm. Sec. 188, 269, 306; 6 Mass. 422; 2 B. & P.
488; 3 B. & Ald. 702; 11 M. & W. 363; 8 Taunt. 237; 4 Taunt. 24.
2. When a party takes away or wrongfully assumes the right to goods which belong to another, it will in general be sufficient evidence of a conversion but when the original taking was, lawful, as when the party found the goods, and the detention only is illegal, it is absolutely necessary to male a demand of the goods, and there must be a refusal to deliver them before the conversion will, be complete. 1 Ch. Pr. 566; 2 Saund. 47 e, note 1 Ch. Pl. 179; Bac. Ab. Trover, B 1 Com. Dig. 439; 3 Com. Dig. 142; 1 Vin. Ab. 236; Yelv. 174, n.; 2 East, R. 405; 6 East, R. 540; 4 Taunt. 799 5 Barn. & Cr. 146; S. C. 11 Eng. C. L. Rep. 185; 3 Bl. Com. 152; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3522, et seq. The refusal by a servant to deliver the goods entrusted to him by his master, is not evidence of a conversion by his master. 5 Hill, 455.
3. The tortious taking of property is, of itself, a conversion 15 John. R. 431 and any intermeddling with it, or any exercise of dominion over it, subversive of the dominion of the owner, or the nature of the bailment, if it be bailed, is, evidence of a conversion. 1 Nott & McCord, R. 592; 2 Mass. R. 398; 1 Har. & John. 519; 7 John. R. 254; 10 John. R. 172 14 John. R. 128; Cro. Eliz. 219; 2 John. Cas. 411. Vide Trover.
CONVERSION, in equity, The considering of one thing as changed into another; for example, land will be considered as converted into money, and treated as such by a court of equity, when the owner has contracted to sell his estate in which case, if he die before the conveyance, his executors and not his heirs will be entitled to the money. 2 Vern. 52; S., C. 3 Chan. R. 217; 1 B1. Rep. 129. On the other hand, money is converted into land in a variety of ways as for example, when a man agrees to buy land, and dies before he has received the conveyance, the money he was to pay for it will be considered as converted into lands, and descend to the heir. 1 P. Wms. 176 2 Vern. 227 10 Pet. 563; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.Fabianism, about-face, abstraction, abuse, abuse of office, accommodation, adaptation, adjustment, adoption, amelioration, annexation, apostasy, appropriation, architecture, assembly, befoulment, betterment, block, blocking, boosting, break, building, casting, change of heart, changeableness, changeover, circumcision, composition, construction, constructive change, continuity, conveyance, corrupt administration, crafting, craftsmanship, creation, cultivation, debasement, defalcation, defection, defense mechanism, defilement, degeneration, degenerative change, desecration, deterioration, deviation, devising, difference, discontinuity, divergence, diversification, diversion, diversity, elaboration, embezzlement, erection, evangelization, extraction, extremism, fabrication, fashioning, filching, fitting, flip-flop, formation, forming, formulation, fouling, framing, fraud, gradual change, gradualism, graft, growing, handicraft, handiwork, harvesting, improvement, innovation, liberation, lifting, machining, making, maladministration, malfeasance, malpractice, malversation, manufacture, manufacturing, melioration, meliorism, mental block, metamorphosis, milling, mining, misapplication, misappropriation, misconduct, misemployment, misfeasance, mishandling, mismanagement, misusage, misuse, mitigation, modulation, molding, new birth, new life, novelty, overthrow, peculation, permutation, persuasion, perversion, pilferage, pilfering, pinching, poaching, pollution, poor stewardship, prefabrication, preparation, processing, producing, profanation, progressivism, proselytism, proselytization, prostitution, qualification, radical change, radical reform, radicalism, raising, re-creation, realignment, rebirth, reclamation, redeemedness, redemption, redesign, refining, reform, reformation, reformism, regeneration, remaking, renewal, repression, reshaping, restructuring, reversal, revisionism, revival, revivification, revolution, salvation, scrounging, second birth, shaping, shift, shoplifting, smelting, snatching, sneak thievery, snitching, spiritual purification, stealage, stealing, sublimation, sudden change, suppression, swindle, swiping, switch, symbolization, theft, thievery, thieving, total change, transformation, transition, transmutation, turn, turnabout, turning, upheaval, utopianism, variation, variety, violation, violent change, workmanship, worsening