con·​vinc·​ing | \kən-ˈvin(t)-siŋ \

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 \ 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

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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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Perhaps the only thing that took Hallmark a bit more convincing was Rimes' wardrobe for her character. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "LeAnn Rimes Is Doing Her First Hallmark Christmas Movie—But on Her Terms," 9 Nov. 2018 But suddenly, the Department of Justice’s claim has started to look a lot more convincing. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "AT&T and Dish’s HBO battle is the bleak future of cable and streaming," 2 Nov. 2018 Even with that added romantic ambiguity, the film remains a much more convincing rendering of the play than the musical, which opened just six years after Shaw’s death at 94. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "How Do Carousel and My Fair Lady Fare in 2018?," 8 July 2018 This was one of the more convincing title runs in recent memory, with Villanova becoming the first team to win each of its six games by double figures since North Carolina in 2009. Roman Stubbs,, "Villanova among the favorites to win another national championship in 2019," 3 Apr. 2018 Gioria, making his feature film debut, is exceptional as Julien, conveying terror and helplessness in the most convincing way from start to finish. Kenneth Turan,, "Review: Searing French drama 'Custody' is an unforgettable experience," 10 July 2018 Those performances across the last decade offered convincing evidence that Cash, 28, did not need a dedicated coach to dominate the sport. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "Steve Cash Was Already the World’s Best Sled Hockey Goalie. Then He Got a Coach.," 8 Mar. 2018 Instead, the most convincing explanation was water vapor and gases jetting from ‘Oumuamua, the researchers write today in Nature. Matt Warren, Science | AAAS, "Mysterious interstellar visitor is a comet, flight path reveals," 27 June 2018 Yet a convincing explanation for this figure’s decline, previously chronicled by historians such as Tony Judt and Sudhir Hazareesingh, is elusive. The Economist, "The death—or reinvention—of the French intellectual," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of convincing

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of convincing

: causing someone to believe or agree : persuasive convincing testimony

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convincingly adverb

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