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noun per·sua·sion \pər-ˈswā-zhən\

Simple Definition of persuasion

  • : 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

  1. 1 a :  the act or process or an instance of persuading b :  a persuading argument c :  the ability to persuade :  persuasiveness

  2. 2 :  the condition of being persuaded

  3. 3 a :  an opinion held with complete assurance b :  a system of religious beliefs; also :  a group adhering to a particular system of beliefs

  4. 4 :  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

Origin of persuasion

Middle English persuasioun, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French persuasion, from Latin persuasion-, persuasio, from persuadēre

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of persuasion

opinion, view, belief, conviction, persuasion, sentiment mean a judgment one holds as true. opinion implies a conclusion thought out yet open to dispute <each expert seemed to have a different opinion>. view suggests a subjective opinion <very assertive in stating his views>. belief implies often deliberate acceptance and intellectual assent <a firm belief in her party's platform>. conviction applies to a firmly and seriously held belief <the conviction that animal life is as sacred as human>. persuasion suggests a belief grounded on assurance (as by evidence) of its truth <was of the persuasion that everything changes>. sentiment suggests a settled opinion reflective of one's feelings <her feminist sentiments are well-known>.

PERSUASION Defined for Kids


noun per·sua·sion \pər-ˈswā-zhən\

Definition of persuasion

  1. 1 :  the act of convincing

  2. 2 :  the power to convince

  3. 3 :  a way of believing :  belief <He and his wife are of the same persuasion.>

Medical Dictionary


noun per·sua·sion \pər-ˈswā-zhən\

Medical Definition of persuasion

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

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