con·vinc·ing | \kən-ˈvin(t)-siŋ \

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 \ 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

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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 Uruguay came to life in their last group game, with Suarez and Cavani both on the scoresheet in a convincing victory over the Russians., "World Cup Preview: Uruguay vs Portugal - Statistics, Team News, Predictions & More," 29 June 2018 Trump won a convincing victory in the state’s presidential primary and won the state in November. Time, "President Trump Urges South Carolina to Vote for Gov. Henry McMaster," 25 June 2018 After picking up a convincing victory in Game 1 of the Corvallis Super Regional on Friday, the No. 3 seed Oregon State Beavers are one win away from advancing to the College World Series. Joel Odom,, "NCAA baseball live updates: Oregon State vs. Minnesota, Corvallis Super Regional Game 2," 9 June 2018 Justify has been the heavy Preakness favorite since a convincing victory in the May 5 Kentucky Derby. Jonas Shaffer,, "How to watch the Preakness post position draw," 16 May 2018 The Falcons began their postseason run there with a convincing victory in the first round before traveling to beat Temecula Valley in the second round. Emin Avakian,, "No. 3 seed puts stop to Crescenta Valley tennis' playoff run," 15 May 2018 Vikings at Eagles: The underdog Eagles advanced to the Super Bowl with a convincing 38-7 NFC championship game victory over Minnesota, depriving the Vikings of a Super Bowl home game. Cindy Boren,, "NFL schedule 2018: Games to watch for every team," 19 Apr. 2018 Recent Form Nigeria qualified in a pretty convincing manner despite been drawn against an impressive Cameroon side., "World Cup Preview: Nigeria vs Argentina - Recent Form, Previous Encounters, Predictions & More," 25 June 2018 Luckily, one perceptive Thrones fan has come up with a pretty convincing theory about how the leader of the White Walkers will attempt to destroy the Seven Kingdoms and all those who live there. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "This Compelling Game of Thrones Theory May Reveal the Night King's Ultimate Plan," 13 Feb. 2018

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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


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Kids Definition of convincing

: causing someone to believe or agree : persuasive convincing testimony

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