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[per-swey-siv, -ziv] /pərˈsweɪ sɪv, -zɪv/
able, fitted, or intended to persuade:
a very persuasive argument.
something that persuades; inducement.
Origin of persuasive
First recorded in 1580-90, persuasive is from the Medieval Latin word persuāsīvus. See persuasible, -ive
Related forms
persuasively, adverb
persuasiveness, noun
nonpersuasive, adjective
nonpersuasively, adverb
nonpersuasiveness, noun
prepersuasive, adjective
unpersuasive, adjective
unpersuasively, adverb
unpersuasiveness, noun
1. convincing, compelling, forceful. Unabridged
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  • She smiled, and said persuasively: "But you've never inquired after me."

    Hilda Lessways Arnold Bennett
  • "Yes; and makes us our little potful too," added Nelly, persuasively.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI Louisa M. Alcott
  • Gently and persuasively she drew the trembling girl forward; the others all pressed behind her.

    Fernley House Laura E. Richards
  • "You think too much of something else, my dear," said Mrs. Mills persuasively.

    Love at Paddington W. Pett Ridge
  • "I think you would like Burke and Hare, sir," he said persuasively to Wilton.

    The Twelfth Hour Ada Leverson
British Dictionary definitions for persuasively


having the power or ability to persuade; tending to persuade: a persuasive salesman
Derived Forms
persuasively, adverb
persuasiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for persuasively



1580s, from Middle French persuasif, from Medieval Latin persuasivus, from Latin persuas-, past participle stem of persuadere "persuade, convince" (see persuasion). Related: Persuasively; persuasiveness. Replaced earlier persuasible in this sense (see persuadable).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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