Definition of unconvincing in English:

unconvincing

adjective

  • 1Failing to make someone believe that something is true or valid.

    ‘she felt the lie was unconvincing’
    • ‘For example, to argue that all these crimes require some form of further intent is unconvincing, since that is not true of murder.’
    • ‘For opponents of the fund that example is unconvincing.’
    • ‘Her unconvincing speech was a loosely-connected string of truisms and cliches, with nary a story to give it substance.’
    • ‘Also, your gestures have grown constrained: unconvincing and simply wrong.’
    • ‘Ever since the modern study of art history began in the eighteenth century, there has been a variety of more or less unconvincing answers to that question.’
    • ‘Her motives and relationships are rendered dry and unconvincing, but her self-absorption rings true.’
    • ‘One reviewer finds Perkins' story implausible and unconvincing, except perhaps to conspiracy buffs.’
    • ‘In the end, dogmatic reactions to sex selection are unconvincing, and often rooted in dubious unstated assumptions.’
    • ‘Actor Lalonde is for the most part only adequate and, in the several spots where the text calls for him to cry, is utterly unconvincing.’
    • ‘And the assumption that he had packed away his nuclear kit and abandoned all ambitions still strikes me as deeply unconvincing.’
    • ‘So the Journal's assurance that there is no story here is profoundly unconvincing.’
    • ‘I was not impressed with his evidence, which I found to be vague, and unconvincing in the extreme.’
    • ‘Porter et al. acknowledge that theoretical basis of repression is weak and unconvincing.’
    • ‘People find the government's case unconvincing; they simply do not believe it.’
    • ‘In addition, I found the claimant's evidence generally to be unconvincing and unreliable.’
    • ‘A relationship between Francine and her sister Dawn is tenuous and unconvincing.’
    • ‘I find it ultimately unconvincing, although as I say, the argument may be more subtle in the book.’
    • ‘Churchill's responses to the academic fraud evidence have been entirely unconvincing.’
    • ‘I found the principal love story to be quite unconvincing.’
    • ‘I've always been frustrated by the ending we saw in the cinema, which strikes me as tonally appropriate, but utterly unconvincing.’
    1. 1.1 Failing to impress.
      ‘a slightly bizarre and unconvincing fusion of musical forces’
      • ‘The matches took place in bad weather and with unconvincing refereeing, which brought about some traumas.’
      • ‘The exhibition is unconvincing, as well, in its overall plan.’
      • ‘Instead a unforced knock-on from a punt into their 22 put Kendal on the back foot and unconvincing defence allowed Cooper in.’
      • ‘No matter the improvement at the breakdown yesterday, this is a Lions team which is still monumentally unconvincing in the phase.’
      • ‘You can believe this from his unconvincing performance.’
      • ‘Absolutely stunning CGI slowly degrades into a very unconvincing PS2 version of the Rock as the Scorpion King.’
      • ‘When the Nelson powerhouse was introduced, the visitors were on a still unconvincing 71-3.’
      • ‘Though this record is fun, with some neat twists and turns, it remains unconvincing and sounds too much like a thesis on white funk rather than the real thing.’
      • ‘He thought that Alex and Dave Smith were unconvincing tacklers, whereas Coutts in his own central defence was rock-like.’
      • ‘All that remained was an unconvincing Wanderers flurry.’
      • ‘Robert Douglas, on the other hand, has been unconvincing and still has some work to do to convince the Celtic support he'll be the man for years to come.’
      • ‘To be honest, nothing about the trip to Milan would, save for the hope that Italy continue their unconvincing form under their new manager.’
      • ‘Real's defence of the cup has so far been unconvincing, even in last week's defeat of the Russians, but they are in little danger of failing to qualify.’
      • ‘In keeping with their performance during the opening 45 minutes, the equaliser was unconvincing in its conception.’
      • ‘The farm's entrance was lined with a piece of hopeful, if unconvincing, carpet, designed to disinfect the car tyres as they drive over.’
      • ‘Celtic lost to Basel in the Champions League, to Motherwell in the SPL, and were unconvincing last weekend against Hibs.’
      • ‘Barlby moved back to the top of division four in unconvincing fashion with a 1-1 draw at bottom club Acomb Celtic.’
      • ‘The secretary said the unconvincing win over Park Ratheniska should have been a warning to their players to prove their worth.’
      • ‘It was only those happy with a win, unconvincing or otherwise.’
      • ‘Not the best match in the world - and to be honest the score line flatters us as the performance was rather inconsistent and unconvincing.’
      improbable, unlikely, implausible
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Pronunciation

unconvincing

/ʌnkənˈvɪnsɪŋ/