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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Recent Examples on the Web Barr’s argument was unpersuasive even before the president spent the last month trying to overturn the November election, only to be stymied by Congress and the courts. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Bill Barr Will Go Down in History as Trump’s Worst Enabler," 15 Dec. 2020 These propositions, scientific and religious, represent understandable but finally unpersuasive attempts at consolation. John Horgan, Scientific American, "Will the Universe Remember Us after We're Gone?," 5 Nov. 2020 Given that Biogen cut short both trials before they were completed, many experts have found the findings unpersuasive. Anna Edney, Bloomberg.com, "Biogen Surges After FDA Reviewers Support Alzheimer’s Drug," 4 Nov. 2020 None of it really makes sense, tonally or morally, and apart from a few graceful moments the artwork is herky-jerky and unpersuasive. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: A Sequel to ‘Guess How Much I Love You’," 25 Sep. 2020 On Saturday, the Justice Department filed a 16-page reply arguing that the judge should reject Ryan's request for a temporary restraining order because Ryan's claims were unpersuasive and unlikely to succeed. Brian Fung, CNN, "Trump administration provides first details on how a TikTok ban would work," 14 Sep. 2020 His importation of political views of 2020 regarding LGBT issues into language enacted in 1964 is strained and unpersuasive. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Commentary: Trump kept his promises. That’s why, as a Catholic, I want four more years.," 25 Aug. 2020 Occasionally, positions shift after the initial tally taken just after the arguments, either because a draft majority opinion is unpersuasive to a justice, or a dissent is compelling enough to draw another vote. Mark Sherman, Fortune, "Simple math suggests a complex backstory behind landmark LGBT rights Supreme Court decision," 20 June 2020 Wrapped in Jeremy Rouse’s dusty-soft cinematography, Mike’s reluctant journey to redemption is unpersuasive, his personality only semi-formed and his behavior a tangle of contradictions. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "‘Burden’ Review: A White Supremacist’s Change of Heart," 27 Feb. 2020

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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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21 Dec 2020

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“Unpersuasive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpersuasive. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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