Definition of unconvincing in US English:

unconvincing

adjective

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

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

unconvincing

/ˌənkənˈvinsiNG//ˌənkənˈvɪnsɪŋ/