un·​con·​vinc·​ing | \ˌən-kən-ˈvin(t)-siŋ \

Definition of unconvincing 

: not convincing : implausible an unconvincing argument

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Other Words from unconvincing

unconvincingly \ ˌən-​kən-​ˈvin(t)-​siŋ-​lē \ adverb
unconvincingness noun

Examples of unconvincing in a Sentence

His arguments for changing the rules were unconvincing. a novel with unconvincing characters

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The report claims that the club's sporting director Luis Campos is looking to bring in an experienced goalkeeper to compete for a place with Mike Maignan, who was at times unconvincing in goal for the side last season. SI.com, "Lille Eyeing Move for Everton Keeper Maarten Stekelenburg This Summer," 10 July 2018 Also unconvincing is Continetti’s explanation that the main cause of this supposed collapse is immigration politics. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "The Democratic Party is on an identity quest.," 6 July 2018 After starting this tournament with a draw against Switzerland and a stoppage-time triumph over Costa Rica, the unconvincing Seleçao closed out the group stage by beating Serbia relatively easily, 2-0, here at the Otkritie Arena. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Brazil Hopes Its World Cup Crescendo Continues Into Brutal Knockout Stage Road," 27 June 2018 Spain midfielder David Silva says he is 'used to' receiving criticism as questions are asked of La Furia Roja's unconvincing performances so far at this summer's World Cup. SI.com, "David Silva Dismisses Criticism of Under-Performing Spain Ahead of Crunch Last 16 Game," 1 July 2018 Rory Hohenstein was an unconvincing, restrained lover, uncomfortable perhaps with the awkwardness of his partnering duties. Laura Blieberg, latimes.com, "In the Joffrey Ballet's 'Romeo and Juliet,' love isn't the only thing to get lost," 11 Mar. 2018 As conventionally unconvincing as the enterprise has to be, the movie tries to tug at the heartstrings with its suggestion that in these old men Dax has found a new family. Jay Longino, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Uncle Drew,’ N.B.A. Stars Keep Dunking With Age," 28 June 2018 Berg wasted another opportunity in the 42nd minute, Viktor Claesson’s header was deflected behind in added time, and both sides had unconvincing and unsuccessful penalty shouts. SI.com, "Sweden 1-0 South Korea: Dream Start for Swedes as Granqvist Penalty Breaks Koreans' Resistance," 18 June 2018 As the players celebrated in Uzbekistan, there was criticism at home that the party was undeserved given the unconvincing performances. John Duerden, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup Coutdown: Son to lead South Korea redemption after 2014 shortcomings," 5 June 2018

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1653, in the meaning defined above

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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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