convincing

adjective
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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In 1976 Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman won wide acclaim for their convincing portrayals of Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein without any effort whatever to replicate their appearance. Peter Funt, WSJ, "Hollywood’s Mimicry Can Miss the Point," 21 Feb. 2019 All of this evidence seems convincing—but Gladys is not the Bee. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Here's Proof That Gladys Knight Is Definitely NOT the Bee on The Masked Singer," 14 Feb. 2019 And while no one really knows why the number 13 has such a bad reputation, over the years, several convincing theories have been posited as to why the figure is so haunted. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Why Do People Think the Number 13 Is Unlucky? Let's Talk About Triskaidekaphobia," 29 Aug. 2018 Despite her blatant denial, fans think that her poker face isn't convincing enough. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The Masked Singer' Fans Aren't Buying Rumer Willis' Claim That She's NOT the Lion," 30 Jan. 2019 The fiction in this sci-fi was Ava: a truly convincing humanoid, powered by A.I., with all the cunning and guile of a Machiavellian human. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How 'Ex Machina' Foresaw the Weaponization of Data," 16 Jan. 2019 If the statistics around how diets fail weren't convincing enough, think of the cost of dieting to our emotional, physical, social, and financial health. Abby Langer, SELF, "How to Rid Yourself of the Diet Mentality and Stop Dieting Once and For All," 6 Jan. 2019 Sandy obviously has a very juvenile idea of what constitutes a good time, while Danny is a very convincing liar. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Grease Is Still the Word, 40 Years Later: Ranking the Iconic Teen Film's Musical Numbers," 16 June 2018 The line between human and AI is very blurry here, and that speaks to how convincing Duplex can be. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Google is being vague with disclosure in early real-world Duplex calls," 26 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of convincing

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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convincing

adjective

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

convincing

adjective
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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