adjective con·vinc·ing \ kən-ˈvin(t)-siŋ \
Updated on: 24 Feb 2018

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


play \kən-ˈvin(t)-siŋ-lē\ adverb



Examples of convincing in a Sentence

  1. Your argument isn't very convincing.

  2. They make a convincing case for reform.

  3. There is no convincing evidence to support his theory.

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First Known Use of convincing


Synonym Discussion of 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

CONVINCING Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of convincing for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


adjective con·vinc·ing \ kən-ˈvin-siŋ \

Definition of convincing for Students

: causing someone to believe or agree : persuasive
  • convincing testimony



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