- Persuasion is defined as the act of trying to convince someone of something, or the means of convincing someone to do something.
When someone lists all the reasons why you should do something, this is an example of persuasion.
- a persuading or being persuaded
- power of persuading
- a strong belief; conviction
- a particular religious belief or system; religion
- a particular sect, party, group, etc.
- Informal kind, sort, sex, etc.: used jocularly
Origin: Middle English from Classical Latin persuasio from past participle of persuadere
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- The act of persuading or the state of being persuaded: “The persuasion of a democracy to big changes is at best a slow process” (Harold J. Laski).
- The ability or power to persuade: “Three foremost aids to persuasion which occur to me are humility, concentration, and gusto” (Marianne Moore).
- A strongly held opinion; a conviction. See Synonyms at opinion.
- a. A body of religious beliefs; a religion: worshipers of various persuasions.b. A party, faction, or group holding to a particular set of ideas or beliefs.
- Informal Kind; sort: “the place where … rockers of any gender or persuasion can become megastars” (Christopher John Farley).
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin persuāsiō, persuāsiōn-, from persuāsus, past participle of persuādēre, to persuade; see persuade.