con·​vinc·​ing | \ kən-ˈvin(t)-siŋ How to pronounce convincing (audio) \

Definition of convincing

1 : satisfying or assuring by argument or proof a convincing test of a new product
2 : having power to convince of the truth, rightness, or reality of something : plausible told a convincing story

Other Words from convincing

convincingly \ kən-​ˈvin(t)-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce convincing (audio) \ adverb
convincingness noun

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valid, sound, cogent, convincing, telling mean having such force as to compel serious attention and usually acceptance. valid implies being supported by objective truth or generally accepted authority. a valid reason for being absent a valid marriage sound implies a basis of flawless reasoning or of solid grounds. a sound proposal for reviving the economy cogent may stress either weight of sound argument and evidence or lucidity of presentation. the prosecutor's cogent summation won over the jury convincing suggests a power to overcome doubt, opposition, or reluctance to accept. a convincing argument for welfare reform telling stresses an immediate and crucial effect striking at the heart of a matter. a telling example of bureaucratic waste

Examples of convincing in a Sentence

Your argument isn't very convincing. They make a convincing case for reform. There is no convincing evidence to support his theory.
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Recent Examples on the Web Beyond Meat version was even convincing enough to make my husband do a double-take. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 That will require a heap of convincing — not only in the Legislature, but among the voters, who must approve the tax increases. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2022 Matthew Stafford is not convincing anyone, and the 49ers have a great chance here to clinch the final NFC playoff spot. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 3 Jan. 2022 That’s a drastic decision, but these losses aren’t convincing anyone that something less extreme will be effective., 30 Dec. 2021 Thailand filled in for Vietnam; bars, churches and other locations in Newark, Paterson, Jersey City and North Bergen were convincing doubles for New York City of the era. Phil Gallo, Variety, 8 Dec. 2021 To make the accounts more convincing, some used profile photos likely generated using artificial intelligence techniques, Meta said. Arkansas Online, 3 Dec. 2021 The tricky part is convincing lawmakers, employers, educational institutions and the public to consider alternatives to some of our culture’s most deeply ingrained patterns. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 The ‘Granddaddy’ might not have the day’s best matchup, but Ohio State’s presence will always bring attention and Utah earned its way here with a pair of convincing wins down the stretch against early Pac-12 favorite Oregon. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 30 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of convincing

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Convincing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of convincing

: causing someone to believe that something is true or certain
: easily achieved : clearly showing that one person or team is better than the other


con·​vinc·​ing | \ kən-ˈvin-siŋ How to pronounce convincing (audio) \

Kids Definition of convincing

: causing someone to believe or agree : persuasive convincing testimony

Other Words from convincing

convincingly adverb

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