- 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
- 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 convincing
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Of course, in her Neverland they bleach your teeth so white they glow and Madonna coaches you on your convincing British accent.‘Peter Pan Live!’ Review: No Amount of Clapping Brings It to Life
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Lee makes a convincing case that the loveliness of much Renaissance art is inversely related to the moral ugliness of its patrons.Great Renaissance Art Thrived Amid Filth
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It took a bit of convincing to get DeCarli, a 38-year veteran of the department, to speak with me.Ferguson’s Only Unsolved Murder
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Young began traveling around the country, convincing wholesalers to stock the magazine.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine
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"There's not much variety," he answered, with a convincing droop of depression.The Spenders
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Thackeray's own explanation was more characteristic than convincing.De Libris: Prose and Verse
And the answer of Aggie was given with a like convincing emphasis.Within the Law
There was discontent in her eyes, which were her most convincing attraction.Her Father's Daughter
There would be the difficulty of convincing her that she would be doing her aunt no wrong.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
- credible or plausible
- mainly law persuading by evidence or argument
- (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 convincing
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