per·​sua·​sive | \ pər-ˈswā-siv How to pronounce persuasive (audio) , -ziv \

Definition of persuasive

: tending to persuade

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
Recent Examples on the Web If litigation is a contest of narratives, Thomas is a persuasive storyteller, with an intuitive sense of how to package his arguments as accessible anecdotes. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2022 Allies must hasten their stride into a persuasive march toward real progress on the reduction of emissions and prompt delivery of climate financing. Time, 6 Jan. 2022 With greater responsibility comes the requirement to be highly persuasive. Greg Story, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 His persuasive, transparent answer is worth reading for yourself. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 18 Dec. 2021 The visual texture and most of the performances, however, are persuasive enough to compensate. Michael Phillips,, 15 Dec. 2021 All of them have a persuasive case to make for their candidacies. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Dec. 2021 And also, by the opposing definition, something authentic, persuasive, organic, true. New York Times, 7 Dec. 2021 Thus, a persuasive group of citizens went before the Arizona Territorial Legislative Assembly in 1871, and the results are the story of Phoenix Elementary Schools District #1. Donna Reiner, The Arizona Republic, 30 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of persuasive

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Persuasive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of persuasive

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


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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