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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So while her English classmates penned persuasive letters to Ramen noodle companies or Netflix, Mueller sat down and wrote to the La Cañada Flintridge Public Works Department. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "LCHS student’s English assignment prompts safety improvements near school," 15 Feb. 2018 But the firestorm by then had become the latest example of the persuasive power that social media activists have brought to bear against conservative causes, particularly since the election of Donald Trump. Jaclyn Reiss, BostonGlobe.com, "Two Mass. companies pull advertising from Laura Ingraham’s show after she mocks Parkland survivor," 29 Mar. 2018 And where might Facebook’s persuasive power cross the line into coercion or manipulation? Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "What Congress Should Ask Mark Zuckerberg," 28 Mar. 2018 This explanation isn’t terribly persuasive but it would be argued. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "What Can the NFL, Players Do About Inappropriate Questioning at the NFL Combine?," 9 Mar. 2018 Human experiment The attractive magic of Fortnite is an artful mix of game design with a persuasive technology designed to shape the behavior of users. Betsy Morris, WSJ, "How Fortnite Triggered an Unwinnable War Between Parents and Their Boys," 21 Dec. 2018 The American Psychological Association has no policy on using psychological research to develop persuasive digital technology. Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "Advocates condemn psych techniques used to keep kids online," 7 Aug. 2018 Researchers have been warning about the power of persuasive technology for years. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction," 18 Apr. 2018 The polished Nashville roots-rock band the Brummies exhibited persuasive charm at RecordBar. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "Middle of the Map opening night: a few setbacks, a sultry show from Spoon," 30 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 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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