un·​con·​vinc·​ing ˌən-kən-ˈvin(t)-siŋ How to pronounce unconvincing (audio)
: not convincing : implausible
an unconvincing argument
unconvincingly 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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Word History

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unconvincing was in 1653

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“Unconvincing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconvincing. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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