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convincing

[kuh n-vin-sing] /kənˈvɪn sɪŋ/
adjective
1.
persuading or assuring by argument or evidence:
They gave a convincing demonstration of the car's safety features.
2.
appearing worthy of belief; plausible:
The excuse was not convincing.
Origin of convincing
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15; convince + -ing2
Related forms
convincingly, adverb
convincingness, noun
half-convincing, adjective
half-convincingly, adverb
unconvincing, adjective
unconvincingly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unconvincingly
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  • Davis said with an unconvincingly ironic and skeptical air, "Indeed, why not?"

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • All that is unconvincing, but you know you write just as unconvincingly.

    Letters of Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov
  • He wished that she would not so unconvincingly pretend that self-indulgence was not what it was.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • Babbitt thundered, Mrs. Babbitt wept, Ted was unconvincingly defiant, and Verona in confusion as to whose side she was taking.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • All those pains, those lover's doubts, those heart-burnings and tremors of which he had written so unconvincingly were his.

  • They wrangled dismally and unconvincingly together, but no one put into speech the fear that rode them hard.

    The Lookout Man B. M. Bower
  • She was discountenancing this remedy, or any remedy, as needless, in an unconvincingly weak voice.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • "Oh, but that would take you out of your way," remonstrated Mrs. Cane as unconvincingly as possible.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
British Dictionary definitions for unconvincingly

convincing

/kənˈvɪnsɪŋ/
adjective
1.
credible or plausible
2.
(mainly law) persuading by evidence or argument
Derived Forms
convincingly, adverb
convincingness, noun
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