Definition of convincing in English:



  • 1Capable of causing someone to believe that something is true or real.

    ‘there is no convincing evidence that advertising influences total alcohol consumption’
    • ‘She also talks to the school, but they don't sound very convincing.’
    • ‘Not all experts believed that yesterday's report was convincing proof that Scots are worse off than people south of the Border, however.’
    • ‘For every serious argument against him, Mr. Pryor had a clear, convincing answer.’
    • ‘Another person, confronted by apparently convincing evidence, may reasonably suspect something.’
    • ‘The existence of a third standard of proof is well recognised in the United States in the form of the clear and convincing standard.’
    • ‘This study provides convincing evidence that upping our intake of fish oils is likely to offer considerable health benefits in the long term.’
    • ‘It is unlikely that a figure will emerge in the next few months capable of posing a convincing challenge to the incumbent.’
    • ‘There is, as yet, no convincing archaeological evidence for tin exploitation in the west of England in the prehistoric period.’
    • ‘He sounded matter-of-fact when he told us good news and somehow sounded very convincing when he came out with the not so good news as well.’
    • ‘The client agrees with Jonathan about confidence and how a convincing compliment from a hairdresser can make a real difference to the way you feel.’
    • ‘The three specific instances behind the July 14 event are neither convincing nor compelling.’
    • ‘Don't you agree that the above sounds more convincing than spewing out black or white smoke?’
    • ‘And strategy seems both clearer and more convincing than this time last year.’
    • ‘There is no real convincing evidence for this, yet it was cited as one of the main anti-legalisation arguments for years.’
    • ‘There's fairly convincing anecdotal evidence that some personal electronic devices have interfered with systems.’
    • ‘Trouble is, he sounds less than convincing talking up Europe.’
    • ‘It needs to be seen to be believed - it is very convincing.’
    • ‘Yet at no time has he made a clear and convincing case for his leadership, his vision for the country.’
    • ‘There is convincing evidence in sociological literature that the search for solitude is not a luxury but a biological need.’
    • ‘In one paper after another, he offered further, increasingly convincing evidence.’
    cogent, persuasive, powerful, potent, strong, forceful, compelling, irresistible, telling, conclusive, incontrovertible, unanswerable, incontestable, unassailable
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    1. 1.1 (of a victory or a winner) leaving no margin of doubt; clear.
      ‘Wales cruised to a convincing win over Ireland’
      • ‘The five-year-old was a convincing winner at Redcar recently and looks capable of defying a 6lb penalty.’
      • ‘Alternating in power with FitzGerald, he won a convincing victory in 1987.’
      • ‘But they knew that when they travelled to Newport last week and still came away with a convincing victory.’
      • ‘Sunday's parliamentary elections brought a convincing win for the center-right.’
      • ‘This convincing win sets the club up for a successful season and the first step towards a play-off promotion place.’
      • ‘This retirement left the way clear for David and Daniel to take a convincing win on their first visit to China.’
      • ‘Optimism proved short-lived, though, as Sheffield scored twice more to earn a convincing victory.’
      • ‘But Barrow is keen to hammer another nail in their coffin with a convincing victory to send the fans home happy.’
      • ‘It was a result the Reds deserved - and it would have been a convincing victory if their work in and around the box was as accomplished as the approach play.’
      • ‘There was fierce pressure to get a convincing victory particularly after being beaten by them last year.’
      • ‘Despite the convincing victory, Lula's road to the presidential palace was long and bumpy.’
      • ‘Last year the Tories won a convincing victory to take one of Labour's three seats, and will be hoping to take another this time round.’
      • ‘Last Tuesday, he added a convincing win in New Hampshire to the previous week's victory in the Iowa caucuses.’
      • ‘The School League team made a winning start in defence of their title with a convincing victory over Donard last Friday.’
      • ‘However, there has been no convincing success in describing the polygenic background of common obesity.’
      • ‘His most impressive performance in Edinburgh was a convincing win over his Welsh opponent.’
      • ‘But even he was shrugged off in the final 100 yards as the favourite ran out a convincing winner.’
      • ‘He was part of that debacle two years ago and would like to lay that ghost to rest with a convincing victory this time round.’
      • ‘In a pre-medical at the provincial commission offices yesterday both boxers predicted a convincing victory.’
      • ‘From that point they did not look back and went on to a convincing 81-53 victory.’
      decisive, conclusive, impressive, emphatic, resounding
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