- to move by argument or evidence to belief, agreement, consent, or a course of action: to convince a jury of his guilt; A test drive will convince you that this car handles well.
- to persuade; cajole: We finally convinced them to have dinner with us.
- Obsolete. to prove or find guilty.
- Obsolete. to overcome; vanquish.
Origin of convince
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Convince, an often stated rule says, may be followed only by that or of, never by to: We convinced him that he should enter (not convinced him to enter ) the contest. He was convinced of the wisdom of entering. In examples to support the rule, convince is often contrasted with persuade, which may take to, of, or that followed by the appropriate construction: We persuaded him to seek counseling (or of his need for counseling or that he should seek counseling ). The history of usage does not support the rule. Convince (someone) to has been in use since the 16th century and, despite objections by some, occurs freely today in all varieties of speech and writing and is fully standard: Members of the cabinet are trying to convince the prime minister not to resign.
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Examples from the Web for unconvinced
But Brinsley is unconvinced and the two trade terse responses.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish
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A doctor told her once that she weighed 159 pounds and she was so unconvinced that she was sure it was a thyroid problem.Speed Read: Lena Dunham’s Most Shocking Confessions From ‘Not That Kind of Girl’
September 26, 2014
Correa, under international pressure, later pardoned Palacio, but the veteran journalist was unconvinced.Ecuador Needs U.S. Aid. Will They Risk It All with Snowden?
June 26, 2013
Unconvinced, the officer tried hauling her out of her seat, but Mrs. Anderson grabbed a strap and hung on.How a Racist Newspaper Defeated Lincoln in New York in the 1864 Election
May 2, 2013
The Russian border guards, knowing the game, were unconvinced and sent me to a side room for further interrogation.A Passover Thought: Remembering Soviet Oppression
March 25, 2013
Garson, however, was unconvinced, notwithstanding his deference to the judgment of his leader.Within the Law
Still that unconvinced expression, and her face turned expectant to me.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
And if you reply 'Yes,' there will be a case for Euripides; for our tongue will be unconvinced, but not our mind.Theaetetus
Indeed, I was unconvinced that Robert Strickland did not share their illusion.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
“I know thou saidst so,” answered Abraham in an unconvinced tone.Earl Hubert's Daughter
Emily Sarah Holt
- not convinced or persuadedI remain unconvinced
- (may take a clause as object) to make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something; persuade
- mainly US to persuade (someone) to do something
- to overcome
- to prove guilty
C16: from Latin convincere to demonstrate incontrovertibly, from com- (intensive) + vincere to overcome, conquer
The use of convince to talk about persuading someone to do something is considered by many British speakers to be wrong or unacceptable
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Word Origin and History for unconvinced
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