un·​con·​vinc·​ing | \ ˌən-kən-ˈvin(t)-siŋ How to pronounce unconvincing (audio) \

Definition of unconvincing

: not convincing : implausible an unconvincing argument

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unconvincingly \ ˌən-​kən-​ˈvin(t)-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce unconvincing (audio) \ adverb
unconvincingness noun

Examples of unconvincing in a Sentence

His arguments for changing the rules were unconvincing. a novel with unconvincing characters
Recent Examples on the Web Undersecretary of Education Ted Mitchell, who agreed to take the box, made some unconvincing promises to look into the issue. Ryann Liebenthal, The New Republic, "The Long Fight to Cancel Student Loans," 19 Apr. 2021 So far, the arguments in favor of creating a new public safety department have been sketchy and unconvincing. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, "The unconvincing case to disband the Minneapolis Police Department," 26 Feb. 2021 Their paper was rejected; reviewers found their evidence unconvincing. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "The Earth Next Door," 24 Aug. 2016 The team is currently struggling as their peak form seems to be faded, with three defeats in the last five Serie A games and a rather unconvincing performance against Red Star Belgrade in the round of 32 last Thursday. Giacomo Galardini, Forbes, "UEFA Europa League Round Of 16 Draw: AC Milan Will Face Manchester United, AS Roma To Meet Shakhtar Donetsk," 26 Feb. 2021 Attempts to discount the effects of these policies by citing Texas’ pro-energy culture are unconvincing. WSJ, "Energy Policy After the Texas Blackouts," 23 Feb. 2021 Draft evasion excuses came in a variety of unconvincing forms. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "In WWII, Talkeetna draft dodgers led the FBI on a wild chase by plane and dogsled," 14 Feb. 2021 The measures announced to ensure the Games take place safely are unconvincing. Star Tribune, "Postpone Tokyo Olympics until COVID is under control," 1 Feb. 2021 Players took turns blasting the Astros for their trash can banging scheme and unconvincing apologies. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers 2020 memorable moments: Lot of Betts and a huge October payoff," 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unconvincing

1653, in the meaning defined above

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22 Apr 2021

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“Unconvincing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconvincing. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unconvincing

: not able to make you believe that something is true, real, or acceptable : not convincing

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