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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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  • Babbitt thundered, Mrs. Babbitt wept, Ted was unconvincingly defiant, and Verona in confusion as to whose side she was taking.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • He wished that she would not so unconvincingly pretend that self-indulgence was not what it was.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • Davis said with an unconvincingly ironic and skeptical air, "Indeed, why not?"

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • All those pains, those lover's doubts, those heart-burnings and tremors of which he had written so unconvincingly were his.

  • She was discountenancing this remedy, or any remedy, as needless, in an unconvincingly weak voice.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • They wrangled dismally and unconvincingly together, but no one put into speech the fear that rode them hard.

    The Lookout Man B. M. Bower
  • All that is unconvincing, but you know you write just as unconvincingly.

    Letters of Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov
  • "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


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