un·per·sua·sive | \ˌən-pər-ˈswā-siv, -ziv\

Definition of unpersuasive 

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

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unpersuasively adverb

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His contrived two-step is unpersuasive and untenable. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The U.S. ambassador in Germany flies the Trumpist flag," 5 June 2018 An unpersuasive lawsuit was his only non-embarrassing way forward given his own and his president’s statements. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "On Big Media, the Court Speaks," 12 June 2018 But the Supreme Court found this reasoning unpersuasive. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why a 40-year-old SCOTUS ruling against software patents still matters today," 21 June 2018 There is a history of lawsuits that most legal experts thought were unpersuasive nonetheless putting ACA in mortal danger — namely, the lawsuit that sought to invalidate Obamacare’s tax subsidies in states that relied on a federally run marketplace. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Legal scholars think the new Obamacare lawsuit is “ludicrous”," 8 June 2018 Reading a 12-page document from the bench, Bransten repeatedly rejected, dismissed, or found the Trump lawyers’ arguments to be unpersuasive and granted summary judgment to the condominium’s board. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump Place does not have to be a forever name, judge says," 4 May 2018 The balance regarding what is viewed as trivial and significant, unpersuasive and persuasive, and permissible and impermissible has shifted radically. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "It’s the Era of Feelings, and Not Necessarily Good Ones," 4 May 2018 The appellate court’s decision is superficial and unpersuasive. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Maverick taxpayer suit dismissed by appellate court," 16 Apr. 2018 The unpersuasive rationale for NFL teams to ask bigoted questions For its part, a team might contend that asking draft-eligible players offensive questions is not intended to bully them. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "What Can the NFL, Players Do About Inappropriate Questioning at the NFL Combine?," 9 Mar. 2018

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circa 1651, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unpersuasive was circa 1651

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