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[kuh n-vin-sing] /kənˈvɪn sɪŋ/
persuading or assuring by argument or evidence:
They gave a convincing demonstration of the car's safety features.
appearing worthy of belief; plausible:
The excuse was not convincing.
Origin of convincing
First recorded in 1605-15; convince + -ing2
Related forms
convincingly, adverb
convincingness, noun
half-convincing, adjective
half-convincingly, adverb
unconvincing, adjective
unconvincingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • "I should like to come with you—I should like it of all things," he said; and he said it convincingly.

  • "Of course we're going to find the right place," she said convincingly.

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • How convincingly this speaks to women, "Be not ashamed of anything, but to be ashamed."

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Then, convincingly and ingenuously, I knew you loved me the moment we first met.

    The Fifth String

    John Philip Sousa
  • "You are wrong, twice," declared the Terrestrial, convincingly.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for convincingly


credible or plausible
(mainly law) persuading by evidence or argument
Derived Forms
convincingly, adverb
convincingness, noun
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