[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 unconvincingly

Contemporary Examples of unconvincingly

  • After years of unconvincingly pretending to be something other than what I was, I let my friends and family know the truth.

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    Russell Saunders

    May 16, 2014

  • Even the mention of partisan politics has been unconvincingly forbidden.

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    I Have a Nightmare

    John Avlon

    August 27, 2010

Historical Examples of unconvincingly

  • 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.

  • 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.


    Sinclair Lewis

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

British Dictionary definitions for unconvincingly



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