persuasion: now chiefly in moral suasion, the act of persuading someone by appealing to his or her sense of morality
Origin of suasionMiddle English ; from Classical Latin suasio ; from suasus, past participle of suadere, to persuade: see sweet
Persuasion: moral suasion.
Origin of suasionMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin su&amacron;si&omacron;, su&amacron;si&omacron;n-, from su&amacron;sus, past participle of su&amacron;d&emacron;re, to advise; see sw&amacron;d- in Indo-European roots.
- "Persuasion" is more commonly used than "suasion," especially in informal English.
- "Persuasion" ordinarily refers to exhortation by means of argumentation or reasoned discourse. "Suasion" may have this sense, but it is not uncommon for "suasion" to refer to the exercise of influence by other means.