Definition of unconvincing in English:

unconvincing

adjective

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

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

unconvincing

/ʌnkənˈvɪnsɪŋ/