|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.|
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.
, abuse of office
, change of heart
, constructive change
, corrupt administration
, defense mechanism
, degenerative change
, gradual change
, mental block
, new birth
, new life
, poor stewardship
, radical change
, radical reform
, second birth
, sneak thievery
, spiritual purification
, sudden change
, total change
, violent change