persuasion

noun
per·​sua·​sion | \ pər-ˈswā-zhən How to pronounce persuasion (audio) \

Definition of persuasion

1a : the act or process or an instance of persuading
b : a persuading argument
c : the ability to persuade : persuasiveness
2 : the condition of being persuaded
3a : an opinion held with complete assurance
b : a system of religious beliefs also : a group adhering to a particular system of beliefs
4 : kind, sort

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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of persuasion in a Sentence

It would take a lot of persuasion to get him to agree to such an offer. Most kids don't need much persuasion to use computers. people of all different persuasions
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Recent Examples on the Web Biden's powers of persuasion will need to convince more than Republican voters. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "How Biden anchored his first 100 days on two simple principles," 26 Apr. 2021 And then the persuasion campaign will have to begin to get the country to upwards of 70% or 80% vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "More people have wanted COVID vaccines than were available. That’s about to change," 21 Apr. 2021 But storytelling can do even more powerful things than persuasion. Brittney Manchester, Forbes, "The Power Of Social-Impact Storytelling," 5 Mar. 2021 Some of these guns, in long-action versions in magnum persuasion, can weigh up to 6 pounds, 7 ounces. Mike Dickerson, Field & Stream, "14 Lightweight Hunting Rifles For Every Budget," 18 Feb. 2021 Tumulty credits her with appreciating the full potential of his powers of persuasion, and pushing him to negotiate with Mikhail Gorbachev to end the Cold War. Liza Mundy, The Atlantic, "The Power of the First Lady," 20 Apr. 2021 All Aboard Ohio, a private, nonprofit organization, doesn’t have any authority to move the station, other than its power of persuasion. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Rail advocacy group wants Cleveland Amtrak station back at Tower City," 15 Apr. 2021 Some Republicans note the party should be careful not to let its power over the rules and the boundaries replace persuasion. Nicholas Riccardi, BostonGlobe.com, "South emerges as flashpoint of brewing redistricting battle," 15 Mar. 2021 Some Republicans note the party should be careful not to let its power over the rules and the boundaries replace persuasion. Nicholas Riccardi, ajc, "South emerges as flashpoint of brewing redistricting battle," 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of persuasion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for persuasion

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

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“Persuasion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persuasion. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for persuasion

persuasion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of persuasion

: the act of causing people to do or believe something : the act or activity of persuading people
formal : a particular type of belief or way of thinking

persuasion

noun
per·​sua·​sion | \ pər-ˈswā-zhən How to pronounce persuasion (audio) \

Kids Definition of persuasion

1 : the act of convincing
2 : the power to convince
3 : a way of believing : belief He and his wife are of the same persuasion.

persuasion

noun
per·​sua·​sion | \ pər-ˈswā-zhən How to pronounce persuasion (audio) \

Medical Definition of persuasion

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

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