persuasive

adjective
per·sua·sive | \ pər-ˈswā-siv , -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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And yet, following some not-so-persuasive persuading by Mr. Mac (blah blah blah, something about no judgements) and a literally hour long time-jump, Shawn is in. refinery29.com, "Let's Talk About That Cult Episode Of Boy Meets World," 6 July 2018 If the dangerous situation today isn’t persuasive, look to history. Theo Emery, Time, "The North Korea Summit Is Trump's Chance to Pressure Syria About Its Weapons, Too," 4 June 2018 The Dong, longing for his Jumbly Girl, is certainly a more persuasive, and pensively dignified, image of longing than Tennyson’s poet moaning maudlinly for his Maud. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Sense Beneath Edward Lear’s Nonsense," 17 Apr. 2018 But now there are others who make a persuasive case that Jordan knew something. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Jim Jordan, facing accusations of ignoring sexual abuse, faces political crisis," 7 July 2018 Students were asked to come up with a project to best showcase their AP analysis/persuasive skills, and the four students wanted to do something bigger that would carry over into the summer, Kowalske said in an email to Northwest Now. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Richfield girl with a heart condition has a wish to ride a train in her backyard. Four Hamilton students are helping to make that happen.," 26 June 2018 The mystery at the heart of Makiia Lucier’s invigorating fantasy novel makes a persuasive case for the pleasures of spreading the world across a table and charting your course. Christine Heppermann, chicagotribune.com, "Add a little fantasy, magic to your summer reading list," 21 May 2018 The viewer is likely to feel similarly, which is no small credit to Fisher’s funny, watchful and utterly persuasive performance. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: Bo Burnham's 'Eighth Grade' is a beautifully honest portrait of adolescent girlhood," 11 July 2018 Her story was harrowing and persuasive and on a par, or worse, with equally detailed stories about Hollywood and media figures who lost their entire empires. Will Leitch, Daily Intelligencer, "The Sports World Needs Its #MeToo Moment," 27 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 \

Kids Definition of persuasive

: able or likely to convince a persuasive salesman

Other words from persuasive

persuasively adverb
persuasiveness noun

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