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 Kirsten Gillibrand ran as a committed feminist, but in a field with at least two superior women candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, her message proved unpersuasive. J.e.f. | Washington, The Economist, "How the Democratic field is narrowing," 3 Sep. 2019 If that possibility is unpersuasive, there’s also a risk to the U.S.: Regional turmoil is enlarging the trickle of refugees from Congo showing up at the southern border. Bloomberg Opinion, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Congo’s ebola outbreak isn’t just Congo’s problem," 8 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of unpersuasive

circa 1651, in the meaning defined above

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6 Nov 2019

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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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