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

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 Form Nigeria qualified in a pretty convincing manner despite been drawn against an impressive Cameroon side., "World Cup Preview: Nigeria vs Argentina - Recent Form, Previous Encounters, Predictions & More," 25 June 2018 Luckily, one perceptive Thrones fan has come up with a pretty convincing theory about how the leader of the White Walkers will attempt to destroy the Seven Kingdoms and all those who live there. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "This Compelling Game of Thrones Theory May Reveal the Night King's Ultimate Plan," 13 Feb. 2018 Today, that’s where Nashville’s most convincing pedestrian experience can be found, amid the ersatz woods and indoor gardens of the Gaylords Opryland Resort. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "Downtown Nashville Is Supposed to Be the Model of the Walkable 21st-Century City. I’m Not So Sure.," 8 June 2018 If Kaepernick can show by clear and convincing evidence that the NFL conspired with at least one team to deny him a chance to sign, Kaepernick would be poised to win his collusion grievance. Michael Mccann,, "The Latest Wrinkle in Colin Kaepernick's Collusion Case: Polling Data?," 24 May 2018 Despite a long layoff since last fall, Jose Ortiz guided the colt to a convincing victory over 8-5 favorite Beach Patrol in the stakes, formerly known as the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic. Paul Rolfes, The Courier-Journal, "Yoshida wins Old Forester Turf Classic on soggy Kentucky Derby Day," 5 May 2018 Susan Brown as stern Mormon mother Hannah Pitt (among others), and Amanda Lawrence, as the Angel (among others), give measured, convincing performances hampered only by wobbly American accents. Richard Lawson, Vanities, "Review: Angels in America Returns to Broadway in All Its Triumph and Tragedy," 26 Mar. 2018 Several aides cautioned that the memo did not contain convincing evidence of a conspiracy, while others urged him to black out sections on intelligence-gathering methods, according to a White House official. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump seized on what memo could mean even before reading it," 4 Feb. 2018 Clemons is not only a strong enough performer to share the screen with Offerman, her knockout, classically bluesy voice is exceptional enough to make the song's success completely convincing. Kenneth Turan,, "Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons make beautiful music in 'Hearts Beat Loud'," 7 June 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


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Kids Definition of convincing

: causing someone to believe or agree : persuasive convincing testimony

Other Words from convincing

convincingly adverb

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