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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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
Recent Examples on the Web For now, the power of emotional persuasion may be about the best Democrats have. Globe Staff,, 11 May 2022 But such changes happen as social mores change and via persuasion of undecided lawmakers and voters rather than shrill fundraising letters. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 8 May 2022 Kristie and Elaine pursued criminal charges against Nelson, but that is not the most common outcome of a scam, according to Robert Cialdini, a psychologist and an expert in persuasion. Lauren Markham, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2022 Most seed libraries, however, are in public libraries of the book persuasion, generally open during the hours the library is open, with seeds often housed in the now-obsolete card catalog drawers. Pam Peirce, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Feb. 2022 But of course, persuasion was not the goal of this hearing. David Blackmon, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 Her sister, Bre Martin, talked her into it with a simple, yet effective persuasion technique. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Sep. 2021 The persuasion campaign also included several fundraisers at Bickers’ $775,000 lakeside home in Henry County. Wilborn Nobles, ajc, 18 Mar. 2022 The vaccination rate also stalled despite a monthslong persuasion campaign by the White House. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, 29 Jan. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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.


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Medical Definition of persuasion

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

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