[kuh n-vin-sing]


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 formscon·vinc·ing·ly, adverbcon·vinc·ing·ness, nounhalf-con·vinc·ing, adjectivehalf-con·vinc·ing·ly, adverbun·con·vinc·ing, adjectiveun·con·vinc·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for convincingly

Contemporary Examples of convincingly

Historical Examples of convincingly

  • "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.


    Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for convincingly



credible or plausible
mainly law persuading by evidence or argument
Derived Formsconvincingly, adverbconvincingness, noun
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