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persuasive

[per-swey-siv, -ziv] /pərˈsweɪ sɪv, -zɪv/
adjective
1.
able, fitted, or intended to persuade:
a very persuasive argument.
noun
2.
something that persuades; inducement.
Origin of persuasive
1580-1590
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
Synonyms
1. convincing, compelling, forceful.
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  • "You know—Sid—he could swim perfectly," she said persuasively.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • "I had my reasons for the deceit, Lola," said he, persuasively.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • I talked volubly, jocularly, persuasively, tenderly; I talked in a subdued tone.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • I put my plan as persuasively as I could; but the Dean did not seem to see any merit in it.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • "It's a sign rather than a demonstration," he argued, persuasively.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for persuasively

persuasive

/pəˈsweɪsɪv/
adjective
1.
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

persuasive

adj.

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).

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