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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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 Legendary figures have represented the Rossoneri and Nerazzurri over the years, with the impressive San Siro infrastructure sure to have been a persuasive feature in many players career choices. SI.com, "7 Stadiums Every Fan Should Visit," 10 Apr. 2018 Takes Here is a concise, persuasive essay from a Gina Bianchini, co-founder of meta-social network Ning, predicting the slow unwinding of Facebook over the next several years. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Mark Zuckerberg became a wartime CEO," 20 Nov. 2018 That’s extremely persuasive about your motivation for coming forward. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Every time Ford and Kavanaugh answered the question — and didn't answer the question," 28 Sep. 2018 The president can be so persuasive, so give us the whole truth, Mr. President, the good, the bad, and yes, the uncomfortable. Fox News, "Jay Sekulow: Mueller investigation needs to end 'very soon'," 9 Aug. 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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