convincing

adjective

con·​vinc·​ing kən-ˈvin(t)-siŋ How to pronounce convincing (audio)
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
convincingly adverb
convincingness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for convincing

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

Example Sentences

Your argument isn't very convincing. They make a convincing case for reform. There is no convincing evidence to support his theory.
Recent Examples on the Web That apparently wasn’t convincing enough for the company. Sean P. Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Nov. 2022 The climate crisis is convincing rich countries to accept long-overdue reforms. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 16 Nov. 2022 As a candidate, his challenge was convincing voters who questioned whether Mr. da Silva—20 years after first winning the presidency—is still up for the job. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2022 Anthony Perkins is a hard act to follow, but Freddie Highmore is convincing as a young Norman, and Vera Farmiga is excellent as his mother Norma. WIRED, 24 Oct. 2022 In addition, tech support scammers have been convincing victims to install remote desktop apps, such as UltraViewer and AnyDesk on their computers. PCMAG, 20 Oct. 2022 Many scams involve convincing people that an account is authentic and then manipulating them via social engineering to hand over credit card details or personal information. WIRED, 10 Nov. 2022 At the time, Drummond attempted to play through the pain, convincing coach Billy Donovan to put him back into the final quarter of the game. Julia Poe, Chicago Tribune, 9 Nov. 2022 But Spirited owes its buoyancy primarily to the lively rapport of Ferrell and Reynolds, ultimately playing out the movie’s most convincing love story. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/convincing. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

convincing

adjective

con·​vinc·​ing kən-ˈvin(t)-siŋ How to pronounce convincing (audio)
: causing one to believe or agree
convincingly adverb

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