persuasive

adjective
per·​sua·​sive | \pər-ˈswā-siv, -ziv\

Definition of persuasive 

: tending to persuade

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Other Words from persuasive

persuasively adverb
persuasiveness noun

Examples of persuasive in a Sentence

We weren't shown any persuasive evidence that he had committed the crime. a persuasive argument for increasing funding of the city's library system

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Basic fairness requires this, and the American public is entitled to judge for itself which side is more persuasive. Alan M. Dershowitz, WSJ, "Don’t Let Mueller’s Report Go Unanswered," 2 Dec. 2018 Issie Lapowsky writes about a nonprofit’s experiment indicating that engaging content on Facebook likely isn’t persuasive in the way that campaigns might hope. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Twitter’s case for keeping Alex Jones is falling apart," 10 Aug. 2018 Wellness’ Culture Creates an Illusion of Control Over Death Barbara Ehrenreich’s sometimes persuasive, sometimes antagonistic new book. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Kylie Jenner and Stormi Go for a Stroll in Matching Fendi," 12 Apr. 2018 And for last, Céline Spring 2017's French art-magnate Queen of Hearts, or the clincher of this persuasive essay. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Would You Try Mismatched Shoes? This Might Persuade You," 10 Jan. 2017 As a result, Republicans like Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) or Rep. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.) who speak out on climate change may be especially persuasive in increasing concern and knowledge about climate change. Salil Benegal, Washington Post, "Pruitt’s EPA denies climate science. Republicans can correct him. Will they?," 4 May 2018 The cast members work hard at overcoming the formulaic nature of their lines but are generally more persuasive in their moments of bristling silence. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Transfers’ and the Anguished Art of the College Interview," 23 Apr. 2018 But while full group circle dances recall the power of ritual, the overly long middle section isn’t persuasive in evoking the inner transformation the loose narrative suggests. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Deborah Abel Dance Company channels grief and acceptance in ‘The Wild Divine’," 18 Mar. 2018 And perhaps most persuasive, the North American bid promised FIFA a record $11 billion in profit, nearly double the $6.6 billion that governing body expects to earn in the 2022 event in Qatar and more than double the $5 billion estimated by Morocco. Fortune, "The U.S. Might Be Fighting With Canada and Mexico, But They United Long Enough to Win the 2026 World Cup Bid," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of persuasive

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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persuasive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of persuasive

: able to cause people to do or believe something : able to persuade people

persuasive

adjective
per·​sua·​sive | \pər-ˈswā-siv \

Kids Definition of persuasive

: able or likely to convince a persuasive salesman

Other Words from persuasive

persuasively adverb
persuasiveness noun

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