un·​per·​sua·​sive ˌən-pər-ˈswā-siv How to pronounce unpersuasive (audio)
: not able or tending to persuade : not persuasive
an unpersuasive argument
unpersuasively adverb

Examples of unpersuasive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If those numbers seem unpersuasive, Garcia-Hidalgo suggested that observers wait until next year. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 15 July 2023 Many legal experts have called those arguments unpersuasive and antidemocratic, and no state legislature complied. Emma Brown, BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2022 Teaching students to recognize logical fallacies and unpersuasive or manipulative reasoning is the main goal of courses in logic and critical thinking, as well as philosophy more generally. Troy Jollimore, Washington Post, 5 June 2023 The logic of the retirement age change, at a time when people are living longer and most European states have raised retirement to 65 or older, was unpersuasive to many French people fiercely attached to the country’s cherished work-life balance. Roger Cohen, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Mar. 2023 The conclusion feels rushed, soft and unpersuasive. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2023 Still, many Colorado lawmakers — though likely not a majority — find this unpersuasive, and believe that while the legislature can and should improve protections for kids, those moves must not interfere with the ability of law enforcement to solve crimes. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 23 Feb. 2022 Walker found that argument unpersuasive. Arkansas Online, 10 Sep. 2021 What makes the three-day week so unpersuasive? Curbed, 15 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1651, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unpersuasive was circa 1651

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“Unpersuasive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpersuasive. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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