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
Recent Examples on the Web Animal adoption is not the only setting where such verbal patterns can have a persuasive impact. David Markowitz, The Conversation, "How to write better pet adoption ads," 6 Jan. 2020 America’s credibility in the world has taken a serious hit, limiting the persuasive effect of its films. Fatima Bhutto, Time, "The End of America's Cultural Hegemony Is Here," 14 Dec. 2019 His oratorical style and persuasive arguments vaulted him to fame., "Robert Frost, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, class of 1896," 13 Dec. 2019 This investigation into domestic violence in America blends harrowing testimony with persuasive recommendations on how to help victims and perpetrators. The Economist, "Our books of the year," 7 Dec. 2019 The trousers were cut just-so, hems perfectly tailored to graze the floor, a length that Beckham has been exploring recently to persuasive effect. Liam Hess, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Does Holiday Party Style Like a Fashion Mogul," 29 Nov. 2019 The software has been trained from more than 30,000 argumentative statements which human reviewers have rated for their persuasiveness in order to build a model based on what makes an argument persuasive to human listeners. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "IBM Showcases A.I. That Can Parse Arguments In Cambridge Union Debate," 22 Nov. 2019 Still, the anti-torture argument is a persuasive one. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "The CIA Torture Bombshell That Didn’t Change Anything," 20 Nov. 2019 Learn how to attach resumes in the correct format and practice writing/emailing persuasive cover letters., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of persuasive

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 2020

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“Persuasive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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How to pronounce persuasive (audio)

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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a feeling of well-being or elation

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