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convincing

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adjective con·vinc·ing \kən-ˈvin(t)-siŋ\

Simple Definition of convincing

  • : causing someone to believe that something is true or certain

  • of a victory : easily achieved : clearly showing that one person or team is better than the other

Full Definition of convincing

  1. 1 :  satisfying or assuring by argument or proof <a convincing test of a new product>

  2. 2 :  having power to convince of the truth, rightness, or reality of something :  plausible <told a convincing story>

con·vinc·ing·ly play \-siŋ-lē\ adverb
con·vinc·ing·ness noun

Examples of convincing

  1. Your argument isn't very convincing.

  2. They make a convincing case for reform.

  3. There is no convincing evidence to support his theory.



1624

First Known Use of convincing

1624

Synonym Discussion of convincing

valid, sound, cogent, convincing, telling mean having such force as to compel serious attention and usually acceptance. valid implies being supported by objective truth or generally accepted authority <a valid reason for being absent> <a valid marriage>. sound implies a basis of flawless reasoning or of solid grounds <a sound proposal for reviving the economy>. cogent may stress either weight of sound argument and evidence or lucidity of presentation <the prosecutor's cogent summation won over the jury>. convincing suggests a power to overcome doubt, opposition, or reluctance to accept <a convincing argument for welfare reform>. telling stresses an immediate and crucial effect striking at the heart of a matter <a telling example of bureaucratic waste>.


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