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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Other Words from convincing

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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But Iraq released him from custody in 2012 because of what officials said was lack of convincing evidence against him, despite the... Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Israel Says Hezbollah Operative Is Setting Up a Terror Network in Golan Heights," 13 Mar. 2019 As a result, Rudd's mix of stumbles, silliness, and determination gels together in far more convincing fashion this time. Sam Machkovech And Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Films for the discerning nerd: Ars picks the best of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 The efforts felt honest and the results were often creatively convincing and rather accomplished. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "The Festival d’Hyères’s Top Prize Goes to a Young Austrian Whose Focus Is Upcycling," 29 Apr. 2019 There were only a few dinosaur fossils from that time, but the footsteps are most convincing, Smit said. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Snapshot of extinction: Fossils show day of killer asteroid," 3 Apr. 2019 There’s no convincing or conclusive scientific evidence to prove that all MTHFR variations are linked to health issues. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "Why You Don't Actually Need to Test for MTHFR Gene Variants," 18 Mar. 2019 Berezin’s idea of how to resolve the puzzle presented by the Fermi Paradox seems neither more convincing nor more plausible than many of the others. Seth Shostak /, NBC News, "If space aliens are out there, why haven't we found them?," 11 June 2018 The Celtics have been unbeatable at home during the postseason – 10-0 at the Garden with three convincing double-digit victories against the Cavs – and Cleveland has not played well in Boston. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "Game 7 predictions: Will Celtics snap LeBron James' Finals streak?," 27 May 2018 Himself a young actor, Montes is fine playing Edward as a young man, but is never entirely convincing playing him as an older man. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "Silhouette Stages catches 'Big Fish'," 17 May 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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