unconvincing

adjective
un·​con·​vinc·​ing | \ ˌən-kən-ˈvin(t)-siŋ How to pronounce unconvincing (audio) \

Definition of unconvincing

: not convincing : implausible an unconvincing argument

Other Words from unconvincing

unconvincingly \ ˌən-​kən-​ˈvin(t)-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce unconvincing (audio) \ adverb
unconvincingness noun

Examples of unconvincing in a Sentence

His arguments for changing the rules were unconvincing. a novel with unconvincing characters
Recent Examples on the Web Both Tim Story’s 2005 Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer were campy fun that struggled with unconvincing special effects and overall silliness. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2022 Its middle expands on Gaspery’s life, taking him from a listless 20-something to a somewhat unconvincing new candidate at the Time Institute. Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2022 See how unconvincing Fabrizio Ferracane, as the delegate tasked with transporting Pirandello’s ashes to Sicily, appears when the crate disappears aboard a train, or how lamely the extras pantomime their reactions. Peter Debruge, Variety, 15 Feb. 2022 But Bellis said medical explanations by two of Jones’ physicians were unconvincing. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, 30 Mar. 2022 The book is wholly unconvincing, however, in its attempt to frame the entire history of post-Civil War America as one grand and ever-expanding project in redistributionism. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 The deepfake, of a robotic Volodymyr Zelensky calling on Ukrainians to surrender to Russia, was deeply unconvincing. Andrew Couts, Wired, 19 Mar. 2022 An uneven cast manages to be unconvincing in different ways, their performance modes ranging from histrionic to uncommitted. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 17 Mar. 2022 The British were steeling themselves against imminent aerial assaults from Hitler’s Luftwaffe, and panicked civilians attempted slap-dash DIY attempts at camouflaging factories, homes, and depots, painting unconvincing decoy designs across roofs. Town & Country, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unconvincing

1653, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2022

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“Unconvincing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconvincing. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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