verb (used with object), con·vinced, con·vinc·ing.

  1. to move by argument or evidence to belief, agreement, consent, or a course of action: to convince a jury of his guilt; A test drive will convince you that this car handles well.
  2. to persuade; cajole: We finally convinced them to have dinner with us.
  3. Obsolete. to prove or find guilty.
  4. Obsolete. to overcome; vanquish.


  1. not convinced or persuadedI remain unconvinced

verb (tr)

  1. (may take a clause as object) to make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something; persuade
  2. mainly US to persuade (someone) to do something
  3. obsolete
    1. to overcome
    2. to prove guilty

adj.1670s, from un- (1) “not” + past participle of convince. Unconvincing is recorded from 1650s. v.1520s, “to overcome in argument,” from Latin convincere “to overcome decisively,” from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + vincere “to conquer” (see victor). Meaning “to firmly persuade” is from c.1600. Related: Convinced; convincing; convincingly.

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