persuasive

adjective
per·​sua·​sive | \ pər-ˈswā-siv How to pronounce persuasive (audio) , -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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The most persuasive economic argument is for voters to look under the covers, to wit, low/full unemployment is good, but many households require two incomes to survive, many persons are underemployed (working below their capacity) and underpaid. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Econometer: Is there an economic argument against Trump that Democrats can make?," 21 June 2019 Less persuasive is Hawley’s argument that social-media companies are at fault for exacerbating deeply rooted social problems. John Mccormack, National Review, "Josh Hawley’s Virtue Politics," 20 June 2019 As such, both mediums have to find more persuasive, gentle means of guiding your attention. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Pathologic 2 and What Games Can Learn From Low-Tech Art," 7 June 2019 Angela Merkel’s decision to resettle a million Syrian refugees, and Putin’s alliance with the Assad regime underscore Said’s failure to say anything about German or Russian Orientalism—one of the more persuasive criticisms raised at the time. Adam Shatz, The New York Review of Books, "‘Orientalism,’ Then and Now," 20 May 2019 Finkelman is more resolutely negative, and more persuasive. Kate Galbraith, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Without Precedent,’ by Joel Richard Paul; ‘Supreme Injustice,’ by Paul Finkelman," 7 Mar. 2018 The question to ponder: what future revelation or information about Mr. Trump would prove persuasive to the large set of Americans who do not want to impeach him? Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Poll Doesn’t Make Democrats’ Impeachment Answer Easier," 17 June 2019 The minister saw an opening to get Nissan on board: Over the weekend, G-20 finance ministers are gathering in Fukuoka, Japan, and Le Maire wanted to use his persuasive powers to win over the Japanese partner. latimes.com, "Here’s how the $37-billion Fiat Chrysler-Renault merger went into the ditch," 6 June 2019 The historical record is pretty persuasive at this point: Voters don’t hold grudges against the party that shut down the government. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Why the blame game over the government shutdown is pointless," 21 Dec. 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 How to pronounce persuasive (audio) \

Kids Definition of persuasive

: able or likely to convince a persuasive salesman

Other Words from persuasive

persuasively adverb
persuasiveness noun

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