noun per·sua·sion \pər-ˈswā-zhən\

: the act of causing people to do or believe something : the act or activity of persuading people

: a particular type of belief or way of thinking

Full Definition of PERSUASION

a :  the act or process or an instance of persuading
b :  a persuading argument
c :  the ability to persuade :  persuasiveness
:  the condition of being persuaded
a :  an opinion held with complete assurance
b :  a system of religious beliefs; also :  a group adhering to a particular system of beliefs
:  kind, sort

Examples of PERSUASION

  1. It would take a lot of persuasion to get him to agree to such an offer.
  2. Most kids don't need much persuasion to use computers.
  3. people of all different persuasions


Middle English persuasioun, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French persuasion, from Latin persuasion-, persuasio, from persuadēre
First Known Use: 14th century


noun per·sua·sion \pər-ˈswā-zhən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PERSUASION

:  a method of treating neuroses consisting essentially in rational conversation and reeducation


Next Word in the Dictionary: persuasivePrevious Word in the Dictionary: persuasibleAll Words Near: persuasion
May 30, 2015
metadata Hear it
data about other data
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears