noun per·sua·sion \pər-ˈswā-zhən\

Definition of persuasion

  1. 1a :  the act or process or an instance of persuadingb :  a persuading argumentc :  the ability to persuade :  persuasiveness

  2. 2 :  the condition of being persuaded

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

  4. 4 :  kind, sort

Examples of persuasion in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of persuasion

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

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 English Language Learners



Definition of persuasion for English Language Learners

  • : 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

PERSUASION Defined for Kids


noun per·sua·sion \pər-ˈswā-zhən\

Definition of persuasion for Students

  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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