con·​vinc·​ing | \ kən-ˈvin(t)-siŋ How to pronounce convincing (audio) \

Definition of convincing

1 : satisfying or assuring by argument or proof a convincing test of a new product
2 : having power to convince of the truth, rightness, or reality of something : plausible told a convincing story

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convincingly \ kən-​ˈvin(t)-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce convincing (audio) \ adverb
convincingness noun

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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

Examples of convincing in a Sentence

Your argument isn't very convincing. They make a convincing case for reform. There is no convincing evidence to support his theory.
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Recent Examples on the Web That work makes the twin tower concept more convincing now. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Developers, architects, and Shaker Heights should sweat details of proposed Van Aken apartment towers," 24 Jan. 2021 The people who parked on Alamo Road didn’t need any convincing. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: Trump’s border visit a reminder of the wall he built between us," 12 Jan. 2021 Well, that's a very convincing, very disappointing explanation! Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift Dismissed Those "Woodvale" Surprise Album Rumors," 15 Dec. 2020 Atmos attempts to create a bubble of sound around the viewer that makes the viewing experience more convincing. Popular Science, "How to make your living room feel more like a movie theater," 5 Dec. 2020 For Ryan McAdams, that didn't take much convincing. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "Fama Thiam had reason to abandon her basketball dream, instead she fulfilled it," 27 Nov. 2020 Burger patties made from soy, yellow peas and coconut oil are well on their way to ubiquity, with new and more-convincing... Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Tried Tofurky? Maybe It’s Time for YamChops and Incogmeato," 26 Nov. 2020 Take the Wilhelm, an unlikely and not very convincing stock scream that started, legend has it, as a sound effect for a man being bitten by an alligator (even less believable as that), which was then repeatedly reused in westerns. Melena Ryzik, New York Times, "They Scream! We Scream!," 29 Oct. 2020 Bates is the most convincing as Adams, playing him at ages 42, 50 and 58. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Streaming presidents and love stories keeping San Diego theater fans busy," 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of convincing

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of convincing was in 1624

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23 Feb 2021

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“Convincing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


con·​vinc·​ing | \ kən-ˈvin-siŋ How to pronounce convincing (audio) \

Kids Definition of convincing

: causing someone to believe or agree : persuasive convincing testimony

Other Words from convincing

convincingly adverb

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