Definition of unpersuasive in US English:



  • Not persuasive.

    • ‘In fact, Kerry did respond to the tape, but his response - renewing his charge that Bush ‘outsourced’ the Tora Bora campaign - was viewed by most voters as unpersuasive.’
    • ‘Now I suspect that the chief justice's full argument was more sophisticated and thorough than that, but the Boston Globe's seemingly quite friendly rendition of the argument struck me as unpersuasive.’
    • ‘Putting aside the unpersuasive suggestion that the City's plan will provide only purely economic benefits, neither precedent nor logic supports petitioners' proposal.’
    • ‘Added to this is the fact that simply to declare the US a democracy despite some regional ‘blemishes’ is, in our view, intellectually and historically unpersuasive, as well as morally wrong.’
    • ‘Oh, the words are still there, of course, but presidents of both parties flagrantly ignore them - sometimes with fancy arguments that are remarkably unpersuasive, but mainly by now with shrugging indifference.’
    • ‘You may say that the decision in the House of Lords is persuasive, unpersuasive, good, bad, flawed here, not flawed there, but, at this stage, should we set our face against referring it in for consideration by a Full Court?’
    • ‘That's where this thriller, although unpersuasive at times, gets under your skin: that sense, long a thriller and horror staple, that the monster is really that part that you repress in yourself.’
    • ‘But the grounds set forth in support of this conclusion are unpersuasive, and the authors completely fail to address the evidence of political bias that their own report contains, especially with respect to Mary Mapes.’
    • ‘He resisted vaccination during the foot and mouth outbreak, not because the science was unpersuasive, but because the farmers resisted it.’
    • ‘Well, we're in the process now of overreacting to fairly small, possibly in part copycat, improvised and wholly unpersuasive attacks, if we want to dignify them with that name.’
    • ‘A deeply-conventional thriller that generates some unconventional laughs, Novocaine is an unpersuasive homage to the hardboiled archetypes of gullible men and the women who drive them to destruction.’
    • ‘In the 1950s, they were fading a little, helped by sad variants from Dunn & Co in corduroy and unpersuasive tweed; by the 1960s, there was hardly a hat to be seen.’
    • ‘The positive alternatives he suggested typically look unpersuasive, tending to be either utopian or, at very least - given the circumstances in which he offered them - impracticable to a degree.’
    • ‘For all their ugliness of language and unpersuasive fury, then, the current crop of political pamphlets bears a striking resemblance to the increasingly democratic culture in which they flourish.’
    • ‘Sharp criticism indicates that NICE's honeymoon period is long since over and that there is, or will be, resistance to implementation of pieces of guidance that are particularly expensive or clinically unpersuasive.’
    • ‘Israeli advocates of expelling their fellow Jewish citizens contend, for reasons I find unpersuasive, that this move is necessary to maintain Israel as a democratic, Jewish society.’
    • ‘Michael Kinsley's Slate column repeats an argument that I've always found singularly unpersuasive.’
    • ‘But this raises a troubling question, especially for opponents of Bush's policy: If his ostensible reasons are unpersuasive even to him, what are his real reasons?’
    • ‘I found their arguments unpersuasive, however, precisely because they rested on exactly the same sort of hearsay that Brooks and others rely on to demonstrate the anti-conservative prejudice of the academy.’
    • ‘It seems to me that this sort of argument is ultimately deeply unpersuasive, because it relies too much on moral abstractions that sound appealing but simply do not confront the powerful realist counterarguments.’