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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As a result, Republicans like Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) or Rep. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.) who speak out on climate change may be especially persuasive in increasing concern and knowledge about climate change. Salil Benegal, Washington Post, "Pruitt’s EPA denies climate science. Republicans can correct him. Will they?," 4 May 2018 The cast members work hard at overcoming the formulaic nature of their lines but are generally more persuasive in their moments of bristling silence. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Transfers’ and the Anguished Art of the College Interview," 23 Apr. 2018 But while full group circle dances recall the power of ritual, the overly long middle section isn’t persuasive in evoking the inner transformation the loose narrative suggests. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Deborah Abel Dance Company channels grief and acceptance in ‘The Wild Divine’," 18 Mar. 2018 And perhaps most persuasive, the North American bid promised FIFA a record $11 billion in profit, nearly double the $6.6 billion that governing body expects to earn in the 2022 event in Qatar and more than double the $5 billion estimated by Morocco. Fortune, "The U.S. Might Be Fighting With Canada and Mexico, But They United Long Enough to Win the 2026 World Cup Bid," 13 June 2018 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

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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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