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 Both require critical thinking, persuasion, and active listening, often under stressful situations. Karan Chopra, Fortune, "We shouldn’t chase economic recovery; we should chase economic redesign," 9 July 2020 The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber unveiled its persuasion effort as Mayor John Cranley and members of the Cincinnati City Council are discussing a mandatory mask ordinance like one the Dayton city government enacted Wednesday. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, "Coronavirus: Business leaders tell Cincinnatians, 'If you're out, masks on'," 2 July 2020 Mexico closed schools and government offices, but its 70-day lockdown relied largely on persuasion. Washington Post, "Mexico City deaths spiked to three times normal during covid-19 outbreak, official says," 2 July 2020 Instead, what strongly predicts denial of expertise on many controversial topics is simply one’s political persuasion. Adrian Bardon, Scientific American, "Coronavirus Responses Highlight How Humans Have Evolved to Dismiss Facts That Don’t Fit Their Worldview," 26 June 2020 Our ancestors evolved in small groups, where cooperation and persuasion had at least as much to do with reproductive success as holding accurate factual beliefs about the world. Adrian Bardon, Scientific American, "Coronavirus Responses Highlight How Humans Have Evolved to Dismiss Facts That Don’t Fit Their Worldview," 26 June 2020 Mobilization replaced persuasion as the abiding logic of campaigns. Lee Drutman, The New Republic, "How Democracy Dies at the Ballot Box," 18 June 2020 And so the power of persuasion ranks high on Hodges' job. NBC News, "A COVID-19 vaccine will work only if trials include Black participants, experts say," 17 June 2020 Luckily for Chuck, Krakow is very susceptible to persuasion. Kyle Fowle, EW.com, "Billions recap: Axe's anger makes for an explosive midseason finale," 15 June 2020

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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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The first known use of persuasion was in the 14th century

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16 Jul 2020

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“Persuasion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persuasion. Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for persuasion

persuasion

noun
How to pronounce persuasion (audio)

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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