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1 the act of reasoning or pleading with someone to accept a belief or course of action
  • the suffragists' gradual persuasion of the American people that voting rights had to be extended to women

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2 a body of beliefs and practices regarding the supernatural and the worship of one or more deities
  • debating theology with someone of a different persuasion

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3 an idea that is believed to be true or valid without positive knowledge
  • he's of the persuasion that everything that happens in this world is part of a divine plan

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4 the capacity to persuade
  • there was an inherent persuasion in his sonorous voice that made listeners put aside any misgivings about his message

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How does the noun persuasion contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of persuasion are belief, conviction, opinion, sentiment, and view. While all these words mean "a judgment one holds as true," persuasion suggests a belief grounded on assurance (as by evidence) of its truth.

was of the persuasion that everything changes

When might belief be a better fit than persuasion?

In some situations, the words belief and persuasion are roughly equivalent. However, belief implies often deliberate acceptance and intellectual assent.

a firm belief in her party's platform

When could conviction be used to replace persuasion?

The meanings of conviction and persuasion largely overlap; however, conviction applies to a firmly and seriously held belief.

the conviction that animal life is as sacred as human

When is opinion a more appropriate choice than persuasion?

The words opinion and persuasion are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, opinion implies a conclusion thought out yet open to dispute.

each expert seemed to have a different opinion

Where would sentiment be a reasonable alternative to persuasion?

The synonyms sentiment and persuasion are sometimes interchangeable, but sentiment suggests a settled opinion reflective of one's feelings.

her feminist sentiments are well-known

When can view be used instead of persuasion?

The words view and persuasion can be used in similar contexts, but view suggests a subjective opinion.

very assertive in stating his views

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The first known use of persuasion was in the 14th century

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“Persuasion.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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