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

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The latter justification is unpersuasive, given that Obama himself initially sought to negotiate an extension of the SOFA, the same course of action the Bush administration had always envisioned. Hal Brands, National Review, "Lessons from the Iraq War," 20 June 2019 That argument proved unpersuasive to Republicans who control both houses of the Legislature. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Legislative session provided San Antonio some big wins," 7 June 2019 The scene in which the new council chooses Bran as king was an appallingly flat and unpersuasive way to bring to a conclusion the show's otherwise very sophisticated ongoing engagement with politics and power. Daniel Mendelsohn, Town & Country, "Even Classicists Hated the Game of Thrones Finale," 20 May 2019 The New Yorker story that followed was dramatic but unpersuasive, a hand grenade whose pin could not be pulled. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Voices of Reason—and Unreason," 11 Oct. 2018 At the same time, there is a history of lawsuits that most legal experts thought were unpersuasive nonetheless putting ACA in mortal danger — first the lawsuit against the individual mandate and then the challenge to insurance subsidies. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Federal court rules Obamacare unconstitutional — but the law stands for now," 15 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of unpersuasive

circa 1651, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unpersuasive was circa 1651

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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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