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[kuh n-vin-sing] /kənˈvɪn sɪŋ/
persuading or assuring by argument or evidence:
They gave a convincing demonstration of the car's safety features.
appearing worthy of belief; plausible:
The excuse was not convincing.
Origin of convincing
1605-15; convince + -ing2
Related forms
convincingly, adverb
convincingness, noun
half-convincing, adjective
half-convincingly, adverb
unconvincing, adjective
unconvincingly, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for convincingly


credible or plausible
(mainly law) persuading by evidence or argument
Derived Forms
convincingly, adverb
convincingness, noun
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