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 convincingly (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 The Falcons dominated from the opening tip Friday against Newton South with first place on the line, leading from start-to-finish in a convincing 80-68 win over the host Lions. Matt Doherty,, "Cambridge tops Newton South to reclaim Dual County League Large boys’ basketball title," 14 Feb. 2020 After a convincing Week 1 win over the Seattle Dragons, the Defenders are proving to be one of the best teams in the XFL. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "New York Guardians at DC Defenders odds, picks and best bets," 14 Feb. 2020 Baylor’s five-point halftime lead ballooned to 26, and its ownership of Texas continued in a convincing 64-44 win Friday night at the Erwin Center. Nick Moyle,, "No. 2 Baylor lands third-quarter knockout punch on Texas in rout," 31 Jan. 2020 Tonight, the Rockets started fast and never let up on the way to their convincing win. al, "AHSAA Duals Wrestling: Thompson, Gardendale and Arab win titles," 25 Jan. 2020 Tuesday night at Bay Area Christian, the Lady Warriors upped their league mark to 2-0 with a convincing 49-14 win over the Lady Broncos. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Strong district start has FBCA girls basketball team believing title within reach," 16 Jan. 2020 After coming back to defeat South Carroll on Tuesday, senior Emma Morath scored 14 points to lead the Mustangs to a convincing win over Long Reach on Wednesday. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, "Wilde Lake girls basketball defeats Glenelg, wins first county game since 2016-17 season," 11 Dec. 2019 Before feeling too sorry for the Hawks, consider the Avalanche left the United Center with a convincing win despite being without three of their best players: Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Andre Burakovsky. Jimmy Greenfield,, "Duncan Keith will miss his 1st game in 3 seasons after exiting the Blackhawks’ 5-2 loss to the Avalanche with a groin injury," 29 Nov. 2019 With a second straight convincing win Sunday — this one by a 3-0 count over Chile — the U.S. has already booked passage to the round of 16 in this Women’s World Cup. Kevin Baxter,, "Soccer! U.S. will go all out Thursday against Sweden, then things get complicated," 18 June 2019

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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 2020

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“Convincing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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