Synonyms & Antonyms of convincing

(Entry 1 of 3)

having the power to persuade
  • convincing evidence for the guilt of the accused

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Synonyms of convincing (Entry 2 of 3)

the act of reasoning or pleading with someone to accept a belief or course of action
  • it will take a great deal of convincing to make them see our point of view

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present participle of convince

Synonyms & Antonyms of convincing (Entry 3 of 3)

to cause (someone) to agree with a belief or course of action by using arguments or earnest requests
  • we convinced him to keep silent about our activities until we could spring the surprise

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Frequently Asked Questions About convincing

How is the word convincing different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of convincing are cogent, sound, telling, and valid. While all these words mean "having such force as to compel serious attention and usually acceptance," convincing suggests a power to overcome doubt, opposition, or reluctance to accept.

a convincing argument for welfare reform

Where would cogent be a reasonable alternative to convincing?

In some situations, the words cogent and convincing are roughly equivalent. However, cogent may stress either weight of sound argument and evidence or lucidity of presentation.

the prosecutor's cogent summation won over the jury

When would sound be a good substitute for convincing?

While in some cases nearly identical to convincing, sound implies a basis of flawless reasoning or of solid grounds.

a sound proposal for reviving the economy

When can telling be used instead of convincing?

The synonyms telling and convincing are sometimes interchangeable, but telling stresses an immediate and crucial effect striking at the heart of a matter.

a telling example of bureaucratic waste

When is valid a more appropriate choice than convincing?

The words valid and convincing can be used in similar contexts, but valid implies being supported by objective truth or generally accepted authority.

a valid reason for being absent

a valid marriage

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The first known use of convincing was in 1624

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“Convincing.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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