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

Definition of unconvincing 

: not convincing : implausible an unconvincing argument

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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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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 Saudi Arabia Crept through the weak Asian qualifying region with a series of unconvincing performances. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "World Cup: Ranking all 32 teams, from hopeless to hopefuls," 22 May 2018 Yet some ethicists say such arguments are unconvincing, if not self-serving. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 Intel has tried to reposition itself multiple times at CES in recent years with flashy keynotes, but the efforts have been unconvincing and lacked focus. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Intel now faces a fight for its future," 22 June 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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