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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Other Words from unconvincing

unconvincingly \ ˌən-​kən-​ˈvin(t)-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce unconvincingly (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 Unfortunately, his explanation for choosing not to cover his face was … unconvincing, to say the least. Graeme Mcmillan, Wired, "While You Were Offline: Where's Your Mask, Mike Pence?," 3 May 2020 Juror John Plaisted said Talkington, the defense lawyer, was unconvincing and looked like a used car salesman. Dallas Morning News, "Texas courts allow hypnosis despite science, overturned convictions," 9 Apr. 2020 Does anybody really care, after a season filled with unconvincing drama, and bachelorettes who seemed more interested in screen time than pretending to find love, er, finding love? oregonlive, "‘The Bachelor’ finale; ‘The Outsider’ finale; ‘Family Karma’; ‘On My Block’: TV This Week," 8 Mar. 2020 But its story is a bramble of convoluted plot points and florid, unconvincing dialogue. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "The best movies that came out of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival," 5 Feb. 2020 Hina Shamsi, director of the National Security Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, says the Trump administration's justifications for killing Soleimani are, so far, unconvincing. Tim Lister And Eve Bower, CNN, "Growing doubts on legality of US strike that killed Iranian general," 6 Jan. 2020 The other half of Tribe’s argument is also unconvincing. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Don’t Withhold the Articles of Impeachment," 19 Dec. 2019 The case House Democrats built in support of their impeachment articles is unconvincing and unsupported by evidence. Doug Collins, WSJ, "Pelosi Knows Impeachment Is Weak," 20 Jan. 2020 From Downey's unconvincing accent to the film's incomprehensible plot, critics had a lot to say about why the film doesn't work. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "'Dolittle': Critics call film 'cursed,' skewer Robert Downey Jr.'s attempt at Welsh accent," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unconvincing

1653, in the meaning defined above

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“Unconvincing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconvincing. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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