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’
    • ‘Not all experts believed that yesterday's report was convincing proof that Scots are worse off than people south of the Border, however.’
    • ‘It is unlikely that a figure will emerge in the next few months capable of posing a convincing challenge to the incumbent.’
    • ‘She also talks to the school, but they don't sound very convincing.’
    • ‘There is convincing evidence in sociological literature that the search for solitude is not a luxury but a biological need.’
    • ‘The existence of a third standard of proof is well recognised in the United States in the form of the clear and convincing standard.’
    • ‘Don't you agree that the above sounds more convincing than spewing out black or white smoke?’
    • ‘There's fairly convincing anecdotal evidence that some personal electronic devices have interfered with systems.’
    • ‘And strategy seems both clearer and more convincing than this time last year.’
    • ‘For every serious argument against him, Mr. Pryor had a clear, convincing answer.’
    • ‘Yet at no time has he made a clear and convincing case for his leadership, his vision for the country.’
    • ‘There is, as yet, no convincing archaeological evidence for tin exploitation in the west of England in the prehistoric period.’
    • ‘In one paper after another, he offered further, increasingly convincing evidence.’
    • ‘The three specific instances behind the July 14 event are neither convincing nor compelling.’
    • ‘Trouble is, he sounds less than convincing talking up Europe.’
    • ‘There is no real convincing evidence for this, yet it was cited as one of the main anti-legalisation arguments for years.’
    • ‘This study provides convincing evidence that upping our intake of fish oils is likely to offer considerable health benefits in the long term.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another person, confronted by apparently convincing evidence, may reasonably suspect something.’
    • ‘It needs to be seen to be believed - it is very convincing.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘There was fierce pressure to get a convincing victory particularly after being beaten by them last year.’
      • ‘But even he was shrugged off in the final 100 yards as the favourite ran out a convincing winner.’
      • ‘His most impressive performance in Edinburgh was a convincing win over his Welsh opponent.’
      • ‘This convincing win sets the club up for a successful season and the first step towards a play-off promotion place.’
      • ‘Last Tuesday, he added a convincing win in New Hampshire to the previous week's victory in the Iowa caucuses.’
      • ‘Sunday's parliamentary elections brought a convincing win for the center-right.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘From that point they did not look back and went on to a convincing 81-53 victory.’
      • ‘However, there has been no convincing success in describing the polygenic background of common obesity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The five-year-old was a convincing winner at Redcar recently and looks capable of defying a 6lb penalty.’
      • ‘The School League team made a winning start in defence of their title with a convincing victory over Donard last Friday.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Alternating in power with FitzGerald, he won a convincing victory in 1987.’
      • ‘But Barrow is keen to hammer another nail in their coffin with a convincing victory to send the fans home happy.’
      • ‘Despite the convincing victory, Lula's road to the presidential palace was long and bumpy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But they knew that when they travelled to Newport last week and still came away with a convincing victory.’
      decisive, conclusive, impressive, emphatic, resounding
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