un·​com·​pel·​ling ˌən-kəm-ˈpe-liŋ How to pronounce uncompelling (audio)
: not forceful, interesting, or persuasive : not compelling
an uncompelling argument
an uncompelling story
uncompelling evidence
uncompellingly adverb

Examples of uncompelling in a Sentence

a diet supplement that makes some rather uncompelling health claims
Recent Examples on the Web Christie’s theory of the case isn’t entirely uncompelling. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 29 Mar. 2023 In our view, the current arguments — that the benefits outweigh the risks — are surprisingly uncompelling. Francis S. Collins, Discover Magazine, 29 Dec. 2019 Those urging the Fed to slow down make four reasonable but uncompelling arguments. Jason Furman, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2022 Cunningham indicated the desire to prosecute a ban that hasn’t been used in more than half a century betrayed selective — and uncompelling — interest by the defendants. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2022 Couple that with the restaurant desert around the venue (Chipotle and SmashBurger do not qualify as destinations) and the total game experience is uncompelling and rates a 3 on a scale of 10. Jay Brinker, Cincinnati.com, 15 Dec. 2017 Now there's less dead time, fewer uncompelling preseason games and the quality of the regular-season has noticeably suffered. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Oct. 2017 The other thing is that the rules of the match, namely, the doors opening and closing in the first cage, make for a completely uncompelling beginning of the match. Aaron Oster, baltimoresun.com, 24 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uncompelling was in 1920

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“Uncompelling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncompelling. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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