Definition of unconvincing in English:

unconvincing

adjective

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

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

unconvincing

/ʌnkənˈvɪnsɪŋ/