Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not convincing: gave an unconvincing excuse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. not convincing, plausible or believable

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not convincing; not such as to convince or to impress seriously.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not convincing
  • adj. having a probability too low to inspire belief

Etymologies

un- +‎ convincing (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Yes, it would be narcissistic, it would be Kate-bashing, it would contain unconvincing pleas of victimhood.

    'Kate Plus Eight': What will Jon Gosselin do now? | EW.com

  • She drifted through the crowd, deep in unconvincing grief, prying for gossip and digging for scandal.

    Excerpt: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

  • "You are now claimimg that the data that tells us that the RNA World is at the core of life as we know it in unconvincing?"

    The Memory Hole

  • I’m all for attacking ideas that don’t work, or aren’t worked out well enough, or as just plain unconvincing; I’m quite skeptical of both Woods’ and Smith’s ideas at times; but when the person rather than the idea gets attacked, it’s often because the attack on the argument isn’t strong enough.

    Snark: Joe Hagan on ‘haute zoologist’ Heidi Julavits

  • Sorry – but this is unconvincing from a moral or strategic point of view.)

    Matthew Yglesias » Goldfarb Endorses Terrorist Ethics

  • He speaks in a slow, measured monotone and comes off dispassionate and unconvincing, which is in total contrast to his unparalleled soaring oratory skills when addressing mass audiences.

    Andy Ostroy: "Dude," Where's My President!?

  • But as we move into a world where more-and-more journalism will be financed on a non-profit basis, I think we could use less of this kind of unconvincing defensiveness from Stan Collender:

    Matthew Yglesias » Shocking True Tales of Media Bias

  • She noted, with inadvertent hilarity, that it was "unconvincing" in its depictions of murder and concluded that it was "an entirely negligible piece of work, badly written and wholly lacking in insight or illumination".

    Guardian book club: Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho

  • One of the most telling revelations is that in declaring that irreducibly complex systems such as the bacterial flagella could not have evolved, Behe * specifically* excluded the explanations published in the scientific literature, and dismissed as "unconvincing" many papers on the subject without even bothering to read them!

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • As Michael Behe revealed in the Dover trial, he claimed that the poster-boy structure of the ID movement, the bacterial flagellum, could not have evolved by * specifically* rejecting the explanation for how it could have evolved which has been published in scientific papers on the subject - most of which he rejected as "unconvincing" without even bothering to read them!

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

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