- able, fitted, or intended to persuade: a very persuasive argument.
- something that persuades; inducement.
Origin of persuasive
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1. convincing, compelling, forceful.
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Examples from the Web for persuasive
The economic argument for the royals might be persuasive: They bring tourism to Britain.The Cult of Royal Porn
April 26, 2014
The argument is boilerplate Al Qaeda, but many people in developing countries, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, find it persuasive.Death Squads in Kenya’s Shadow War on Shabaab Sympathizers
April 6, 2014
Some studies even suggest that low mood can improve skill in persuasive argument and sharpen memory.How Depression Could Save Your Life
March 4, 2014
As yet, Looking hasn't yet made a persuasive case there is anything interesting about them, sexuality or otherwise.Yes, ‘Looking’ Is Boring. It’s the Drama Gays Deserve.
January 24, 2014
Remember, it only has to be persuasive to about one in six of them.The Odds of War in Syria? A Lot Higher Now
August 31, 2013
Persuasive is the voice of Vice, That spreads the insidious snare.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"Don't you come now, dear," she advised him, in that persuasive voice of hers.Meadow Grass
"The only pattern of exactly its sort and color," said the persuasive voice of Pat.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
What makes these patients so persuasive is the fact that they are themselves persuaded.The Sexual Question
He was dignified and suave and gracious, also persuasive when he chose to be.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
- having the power or ability to persuade; tending to persuadea persuasive salesman
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Word Origin and History for persuasive
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