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 person's particular religion
- a particular sect, party, group, etc.
- Informal kind, sort, sex, etc.: used jocularly
Origin of persuasionMiddle English ; from Classical Latin persuasio ; from past participle of persuadere
- 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: “He had a strong persuasion that Likeman was wrong” (H.G. Wells).
- 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 &ellipsis; rockers of any gender or persuasion can become megastars” (Christopher John Farley).
Origin of persuasionMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin persu&amacron;si&omacron;, persu&amacron;si&omacron;n-, from persu&amacron;sus, past participle of persu&amacron;d&emacron;re, to persuade; see persuade.
- The act of persuading, or trying to do so; the addressing of arguments to someone with the intention of changing their mind or convincing them of a certain point of view, course of action etc. [from 14th c.]
- An argument or other statement intended to influence one's opinions or beliefs; a way of persuading someone. [from 14th c.]
- A strongly held conviction, opinion or belief. [from 16th c.]
- It is his persuasion that abortion should never be condoned.
- One's ability or power to influence someone's opinions or feelings; persuasiveness. [from 16th c.]
- A specified religious adherence, a creed; any school of thought or ideology. [from 17th c.]
- (colloquial) Any group having a specified characteristic or attribute in common. [from 19th c.]
From Middle French persuasion and its source, Latin persuasio, from persuadere, from suadere (“to advise, recommend").