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

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His vague answers on Brexit and unconvincing answers about his lack of personal transparency have merely led to more negative headlines. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Boris Johnson is in denial about the reality of Brexit," 25 June 2019 Here again, there’s an unconvincing dash of faithful techno-optimism. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Black Mirror season 5 stops worrying and learns to love technology: EW review," 5 June 2019 The Socceroos have won only one of their last nine World Cup games, and an unconvincing qualifying campaign means that they are regarded as the weakest team in Group C. SI.com, "2018 FIFA World Cup Team Preview: Analysing France's Chances at the Tournament," 1 June 2018 But the claim that Poseidon uses supercavitation is unconvincing, according to sub expert HI Sutton, who runs the Covert Shores website exploring submarine technology. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Truth Behind Russia’s 'Apocalypse Torpedo'," 18 Jan. 2019 The Colombian attacker hit 11 goals in 31 Serie A appearances for Sampdoria last term and may have provided a commanding presence to lead Chelsea’s currently unconvincing attack. SI.com, "Chelsea Miss Out on Colombian Attacker to Atalanta Despite Him Being Offered to Conte's Side," 11 July 2018 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied that plan on the grounds that the logic behind it was unconvincing. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Trump tried to rescue coal. Instead, coal capacity retirements doubled in 2018," 29 Nov. 2018 Another is that management made an unconvincing case why the businesses will be better off on their own rather than under the umbrella of a well-run conglomerate. Charley Grant, WSJ, "The Downside of a United Technologies Breakup," 27 Nov. 2018 In short, the researchers find problems with the shape of the bumps, the absence of fine layering inside them, and unconvincing chemical signatures. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "New study argues against some of the oldest evidence for life," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of unconvincing

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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