suasion

noun
sua·​sion | \ ˈswā-zhən How to pronounce suasion (audio) \

Definition of suasion

: the act of influencing or persuading

Other Words from suasion

suasive \ ˈswā-​siv How to pronounce suasion (audio) , -​ziv \ adjective
suasively adverb
suasiveness noun

Examples of suasion in a Sentence

a defense lawyer uses not only legal arguments but also moral suasion to appeal to a jury's sense of right and wrong
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First Known Use of suasion

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suasion

Middle English, from Latin suasion-, suasio, from suadēre to urge, persuade — more at sweet

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7 Jun 2022

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“Suasion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suasion. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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