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 This is not about convincing consumers to buy something. Kimberly A. Whitler, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 Although the evidence seemed convincing, Sting did not murder Tim Kono. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 9 Sep. 2021 What’s the secret to playing a convincing dead person? Devon Ivie, Vulture, 9 Sep. 2021 After losing the opener at Class 7A Baker, UMS has bounced back with convincing wins over Mobile Christian (31-0) and LeFlore (52-0). Ben Thomas |, al, 7 Sep. 2021 Benedictine handed Central Catholic its first loss in convincing fashion, building a 35-0 lead with two interceptions by junior Ryan Konyecsni serving as part of the engine. Matt Goul, cleveland, 6 Sep. 2021 Flower Mound Coram Deo, 42-19, to crack the top five in convincing fashion. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 5 Sep. 2021 The Lakeridge Pacers opened the season with an impressive and convincing non-league victory, defeating the Sherwood Bowmen 42-21 at Lakeridge High School. oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2021 The first scenario requires convincing state regulators to increase prices so that lines can be buried, preventive maintenance can be accomplished and new resilient transmission towers constructed. Arkansas Online, 2 Sep. 2021

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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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“Convincing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of convincing

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