not out of conviction

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Senior Member
Hi all,

Is it ok if I say somebody did something not out of conviction?
Here is the context:

"Although the number of followers is increasing continuously, many of them have adopted the Buddhist philosophy of life only superfcially. Similarily, there are more and more monks; however, many of them chose this lifestyle not out of conviction."

Does this make sense to you?
  • Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    No, using "conviction" in this negative way doesn't work. You would place the negativity on "choose" ie: "many of them didn't choose this lifestyle out of conviction".

    Edit: You could use the sentence your way if you carry it on ie: "many of them chose this lifestyle, not out of conviction, but out of convenience".
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