Definition of unconvincing in English:



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

    ‘she felt the lie was unconvincing’
    • ‘Churchill's responses to the academic fraud evidence have been entirely 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.’
    • ‘People find the government's case unconvincing; they simply do not believe it.’
    • ‘And the assumption that he had packed away his nuclear kit and abandoned all ambitions still strikes me as deeply 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.’
    • ‘One reviewer finds Perkins' story implausible and unconvincing, except perhaps to conspiracy buffs.’
    • ‘A relationship between Francine and her sister Dawn is tenuous and unconvincing.’
    • ‘Her unconvincing speech was a loosely-connected string of truisms and cliches, with nary a story to give it substance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I've always been frustrated by the ending we saw in the cinema, which strikes me as tonally appropriate, but utterly unconvincing.’
    • ‘I find it ultimately unconvincing, although as I say, the argument may be more subtle in the book.’
    • ‘I found the principal love story to be quite unconvincing.’
    • ‘In addition, I found the claimant's evidence generally to be unconvincing and unreliable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For opponents of the fund that example is unconvincing.’
    • ‘So the Journal's assurance that there is no story here is profoundly unconvincing.’
    • ‘Also, your gestures have grown constrained: unconvincing and simply wrong.’
    • ‘For example, to argue that all these crimes require some form of further intent is unconvincing, since that is not true of murder.’
    1. 1.1Failing to impress.
      ‘a slightly bizarre and unconvincing fusion of musical forces’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You can believe this from his unconvincing performance.’
      • ‘The farm's entrance was lined with a piece of hopeful, if unconvincing, carpet, designed to disinfect the car tyres as they drive over.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Instead a unforced knock-on from a punt into their 22 put Kendal on the back foot and unconvincing defence allowed Cooper in.’
      • ‘It was only those happy with a win, unconvincing or otherwise.’
      • ‘He thought that Alex and Dave Smith were unconvincing tacklers, whereas Coutts in his own central defence was rock-like.’
      • ‘Barlby moved back to the top of division four in unconvincing fashion with a 1-1 draw at bottom club Acomb Celtic.’
      • ‘To be honest, nothing about the trip to Milan would, save for the hope that Italy continue their unconvincing form under their new manager.’
      • ‘The secretary said the unconvincing win over Park Ratheniska should have been a warning to their players to prove their worth.’
      • ‘The exhibition is unconvincing, as well, in its overall plan.’
      • ‘In keeping with their performance during the opening 45 minutes, the equaliser was unconvincing in its conception.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When the Nelson powerhouse was introduced, the visitors were on a still unconvincing 71-3.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All that remained was an unconvincing Wanderers flurry.’
      improbable, unlikely, implausible
      incredible, scarcely credible, unbelievable, difficult to believe, beyond belief, questionable, dubious, doubtful
      strained, laboured, ponderous, forced, far-fetched, remote, unrealistic, fanciful, fantastic, strange
      feeble, weak, unsound, thin, transparent, poor, lame, trifling, shallow, inadequate, unsatisfactory, ineffectual, half-baked, pathetic
      hard to swallow, hard to take
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