persuasion: now chiefly in , the act of persuading by appealing to one's 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 suāsiō, suāsiōn-, from suāsus, past participle of suādēre, to advise; see swād- in Indo-European roots.
- The act of urging or influencing; persuasion.
- "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.