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
Recent Examples on the Web More persuasive, perhaps, is the fact that the U.S., its European allies, and Israel are not alone in their ability to deploy new technology. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "State-sponsored assassination: New tools, old questions," 10 Dec. 2020 That argument has been persuasive with many Republican lawmakers, who fought to end extended benefits during the last recession a decade ago and who have been skeptical of offering more generous benefits during the current crisis. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Millions Face Loss of Jobless Aid: ‘Without It, I’m Dead in the Water’," 11 Nov. 2020 For Burke, the course lectures and the opportunity to join Morgan’s American Advertising Federation chapter were persuasive. Washington Post, "Ad agency, Morgan State partner for diversity," 20 Dec. 2020 The math of being as lenient as possible for borrowers who are truly without fault has never been more persuasive. Ahmet Hacikura, Fortune, "Bankers were the villains of the last recession. They can be heroes in this one," 11 Dec. 2020 For Burte, the course lectures and the opportunity to join Morgan’s American Advertising Federation chapter were persuasive. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, "A Minneapolis ad agency wanted to do something to foster racial change. Baltimore’s Morgan State was eager to partner.," 12 Dec. 2020 If the con is successful—if the power claim is persuasive—then a coup has occurred. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Coup Stage of Donald Trump’s Presidency," 20 Nov. 2020 Nothing the Patriots showed in eking past the awful Jets was persuasive. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, "Key AFC South matchup Thursday night as Colts visit Titans," 11 Nov. 2020 If fear is not persuasive, there is another fallback position that resonates strongly with Americans: the freedom of choice. Sean B. Carroll, Scientific American, "The Denialist Playbook," 8 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of persuasive

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jan 2021

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“Persuasive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persuasive. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for persuasive

persuasive

adjective
How to pronounce persuasive (audio)

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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