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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Despite fear and speculation, there has been no convincing evidence that national security is in jeopardy, according to Huawei. Washington Post, "Why 5G Phones and Huawei Have U.S. and Europe at Odds," 18 Sep. 2019 Gabriel was 22-of-30 passing against the Cardinal for a career-high 347 yards and four touchdowns while leading the Knights to a convincing 45-27 win. Matt Murschel,, "UCF coach Josh Heupel not ready yet to name Dillon Gabriel starter for Pitt game," 16 Sep. 2019 Lucien Favre's Dortmund were stunned by Bundesliga newbies Union Berlin prior to the international break, but have since got their title challenge back on track with a convincing triumph against Bayer Leverkusen., "Borussia Dortmund vs Barcelona Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live St & Team News," 15 Sep. 2019 Perspectives of other parents also provide a convincing narrative to understand the risks and benefits of vaccination. Robert Mckeever, The Conversation, "Anti-vaccination mothers have outsized voice on social media; pro-vaccination parents could make a difference," 13 Sep. 2019 But as Trump embraces a strategy that focuses almost exclusively on winning white voters, Harris, Booker and other minority candidates are tasked with convincing voters that diversity is both the nation’s strength and its future., "Seven big questions heading into the third Democratic debate, to be carried on ABC:," 13 Sep. 2019 The most convincing theory is that ancestral men and women evolved to choose partners in ways that helped them reproduce successfully, and that modern men and women continue to do this today. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Here's What Young People All Over the World Say They Want Most in a Partner," 13 Sep. 2019 But as Trump embraces a strategy that focuses almost exclusively on winning white voters, Harris, Booker and other minority candidates are tasked with convincing voters that diversity is both the nation’s strength and its future. Steve Peoples,, "7 questions heading into tonight’s 10-candidate Democratic presidential debate," 12 Sep. 2019 And there are some convincing reasons to get outside and sweat. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "5 tips for exercising outdoors in warm weather," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of convincing

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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