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 In One Billion Americans, Yglesias is quite candid, though sometimes aware that his fellow liberals may need a softer persuasive touch. Razib Khan, National Review, "One Billion Americans: A Contrarian Liberal Argues for Mass Immigration," 12 Sep. 2020 These three lithographic prints, published in a short, highly impactful pamphlet, comprise (according to Brasseur) a coherent (and persuasive) sequential progression in visual rhetoric. Popular Science, "Infographics have helped keep us alive for centuries," 7 Sep. 2020 Henrich is more persuasive when applying his theory of cumulative culture to the evolution of ideas. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, "Why Is the West So Powerful—And So Peculiar?," 6 Sep. 2020 While the researchers make a persuasive case that their patient was in fact infected twice, critical data about the patient’s immune responses are missing. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Another COVID-19 reinfection: This time second infection was more severe," 28 Aug. 2020 Participants also enhance their skills individually through the persuasive speech and writing competition as well as collectively in an ethics competition. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, Aug. 20," 20 Aug. 2020 However, what the judge found persuasive, according to her ruling, is that Native Green sold that license to another company, Hensley Wellness Center, in March before the licenses were awarded in July. John Lynch, Arkansas Online, "Decision in Rx-pot case sides with state," 8 Aug. 2020 There's also Rene, the party chairman and persuasive orator who's one of the few Black participants among the mostly white campers. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'Boys State' movie on Apple TV is best political film of 2020 — and here's why," 14 Aug. 2020 To put it mildly, this exercise in insinuation isn’t persuasive. Michael Mcgough Los Angeles Times (tns), Star Tribune, "This again? Of course Kamala Harris is a citizen," 14 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of persuasive

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Persuasive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persuasive. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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

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persuasiveness noun

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