Persuasion definition

pər-swāzhən
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The ability or power to persuade.
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A strongly held opinion; a conviction.
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A persuading or being persuaded.
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Power of persuading.
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A strong belief; conviction.
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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.]
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The act of persuading or the state of being persuaded.
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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.

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An argument or other statement intended to influence one's opinions or beliefs; a way of persuading someone. [from 14th c.]
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A strongly held conviction, opinion or belief. [from 16th c.]

It is his persuasion that abortion should never be condoned.

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(informal) Kind; sort.
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A body of religious beliefs; a religion.

Worshipers of various persuasions.

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A party, faction, or group holding to a particular set of ideas or beliefs.
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One's ability or power to influence someone's opinions or feelings; persuasiveness. [from 16th c.]
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A specified religious adherence, a creed; any school of thought or ideology. [from 17th c.]
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(colloquial) Any group having a specified characteristic or attribute in common. [from 19th c.]
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(informal) Kind, sort, sex, etc.
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A person's particular religion.
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A particular sect, party, group, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
persuasion
Plural:
persuasions

Origin of persuasion

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin persuāsiō persuāsiōn- from persuāsus past participle of persuādēre to persuade persuade

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French persuasion and its source, Latin persuasio, from persuadere, from suadere (“to advise, recommend").

    From Wiktionary