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’
    ‘to make the detective's character convincing, she did extensive research’
    • ‘Another person, confronted by apparently convincing evidence, may reasonably suspect something.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's fairly convincing anecdotal evidence that some personal electronic devices have interfered with systems.’
    • ‘The existence of a third standard of proof is well recognised in the United States in the form of the clear and convincing standard.’
    • ‘It needs to be seen to be believed - it is very convincing.’
    • ‘This study provides convincing evidence that upping our intake of fish oils is likely to offer considerable health benefits in the long term.’
    • ‘There is, as yet, no convincing archaeological evidence for tin exploitation in the west of England in the prehistoric period.’
    • ‘Trouble is, he sounds less than convincing talking up Europe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not all experts believed that yesterday's report was convincing proof that Scots are worse off than people south of the Border, however.’
    • ‘Don't you agree that the above sounds more convincing than spewing out black or white smoke?’
    • ‘For every serious argument against him, Mr. Pryor had a clear, convincing answer.’
    • ‘It is unlikely that a figure will emerge in the next few months capable of posing a convincing challenge to the incumbent.’
    • ‘There is convincing evidence in sociological literature that the search for solitude is not a luxury but a biological need.’
    • ‘And strategy seems both clearer and more convincing than this time last year.’
    • ‘Yet at no time has he made a clear and convincing case for his leadership, his vision for the country.’
    • ‘In one paper after another, he offered further, increasingly convincing evidence.’
    • ‘She also talks to the school, but they don't sound very convincing.’
    • ‘There is no real convincing evidence for this, yet it was cited as one of the main anti-legalisation arguments for years.’
    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.
      ‘the team cruised to a convincing win’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This convincing win sets the club up for a successful season and the first step towards a play-off promotion place.’
      • ‘But even he was shrugged off in the final 100 yards as the favourite ran out a convincing winner.’
      • ‘In a pre-medical at the provincial commission offices yesterday both boxers predicted a convincing victory.’
      • ‘Sunday's parliamentary elections brought a convincing win for the center-right.’
      • ‘His most impressive performance in Edinburgh was a convincing win over his Welsh opponent.’
      • ‘The five-year-old was a convincing winner at Redcar recently and looks capable of defying a 6lb penalty.’
      • ‘From that point they did not look back and went on to a convincing 81-53 victory.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Optimism proved short-lived, though, as Sheffield scored twice more to earn a convincing victory.’
      • ‘But they knew that when they travelled to Newport last week and still came away with a convincing victory.’
      • ‘There was fierce pressure to get a convincing victory particularly after being beaten by them last year.’
      • ‘Last Tuesday, he added a convincing win in New Hampshire to the previous week's victory in the Iowa caucuses.’
      • ‘But Barrow is keen to hammer another nail in their coffin with a convincing victory to send the fans home happy.’
      • ‘Alternating in power with FitzGerald, he won a convincing victory in 1987.’
      • ‘This retirement left the way clear for David and Daniel to take a convincing win on their first visit to China.’
      • ‘Despite the convincing victory, Lula's road to the presidential palace was long and bumpy.’
      decisive, conclusive, impressive, emphatic, resounding
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