from The Century Dictionary.

  • Specifically in art criticism, noting unreality in a painting, or failure to express the actual function of the thing represented.
  • Not persuasive; unable to persuade.

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  • adjective Not persuasive

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  • adjective not capable of persuading


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  • I find the arguments otherwise unpersuasive, which is sort of why I am interested in how you draw your distinctions.

    The Point of No Return 2008

  • John Paulson's Canada Snub John Paulson may be celebrated on Wall Street -- for his $3 billion profit from betting against the mortgage market -- but a Canadian judge doesn't see the attraction, characterizing the New York hedge-fund manager's 2006 testimony in a Calgary courtroom as "unpersuasive," "self-serving," "unbelievable."

    Cash Is King 2008

  • Arguments that those involved in the take-over bid were not fronting for the government were "unpersuasive", said the Democratic Alliance

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2007

  • The Democratic Alliance said arguments that those involved in the take-over bid were not fronting for the government were "unpersuasive".

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2007

  • The Koni takeover bid critics include the Democratic Alliance, which earlier this week described as "unpersuasive" arguments that those involved were not fronting for the government.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2007

  • He will have noted that tears are salt and rather warm; but if you say like a modern poet that your heroine's tears are 'more hot than fire, more salt than the salt sea', he will probably think your statement απιθανον {apithanon} 'unpersuasive', and therefore ψυχρον

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  • The university found Joel Miller's own statements to investigators supporting Leavitt "unpersuasive" because of his conversations with "credible witnesses."

    Yahoo! Sports - Top News 2010

  • I draft my response to a first Office Action so that I can cut and paste it into an appeal brief, because it seems to me that if you make your best arguments in that first response, and the Examiner unreasonably finds them "unpersuasive", then filing an RCE to continue arguing with the same Examiner is a waste of time and creates more PHE than is necessary.

    Patent Law Blog (Patently-O) 2009

  • The chief military judge at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Army Col. James Pohl, said that he found the government's arguments "unpersuasive" and that the case will go ahead because "the public interest in a speedy trial will be harmed by the delay in the arraignment."

    Theodore's World 2009

  • Judge James Pohl said the request to halt the trial to allow a review by the new administration was "unpersuasive".

    Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union 2009


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