un·​per·​sua·​sive | \ ˌən-pər-ˈswā-siv How to pronounce unpersuasive (audio) , -ziv \

Definition of unpersuasive

: not able or tending to persuade : not persuasive an unpersuasive argument

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unpersuasively adverb

Examples of unpersuasive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its argument for why Bosse should be prosecuted by the state is unpersuasive at best. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 Judge Donald Oda, however, described an expert analysis report about Uwadiegwu as unpersuasive. Jennifer Edwards Baker And Lauren Artino, The Enquirer, 29 Dec. 2021 His lawyer is wildly unpersuasive in a different way here. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 26 Aug. 2021 Oklahoma’s depiction of the McGirt fallout should be unpersuasive for the justices. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 Hale’s buying into this excuse comes across in his unpersuasive portrayal of Curtain on screen. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 7 Aug. 2021 Gonzalez’s message — that the state should aim higher than Baker’s incrementalism — proved unpersuasive to voters; four years later, some analysts question whether Democrats will have any success making a similar pitch this time around. BostonGlobe.com, 7 July 2021 Sinema’s latest effort to justify her stance is perhaps her most unpersuasive offering yet. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 22 June 2021 This summer, as people in many countries are attending concerts and touching each other again, the case for solitude and computers over community and real life seems especially unpersuasive. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 17 June 2021

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First Known Use of unpersuasive

circa 1651, in the meaning defined above

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“Unpersuasive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpersuasive. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of unpersuasive

: not able to make you agree that something is true, real, or acceptable : not persuasive

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