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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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  • The persuasiveness that could sway a mob ended by sweeping M. Binet off his feet.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • This is the true rhetoric, the right road to persuasiveness, to be absolutely frank.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • And there was some pressure, too, besides the persuasiveness.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • He injected a little more of the oil of persuasiveness into his voice.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • He spoke with so much grace and persuasiveness that I was fascinated no less than the abbe.

    Mauprat George Sand
  • The gravity and persuasiveness of all this is really impayable.

    Bardell v. Pickwick Percy Fitzgerald
  • There is persuasiveness in a well-rounded muscular development.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot Thomas D. Whittles
  • Yudushka yielded to the persuasiveness of these words, and kissed his mother's hands.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov
  • The most cruel, the most obdurate, can by no means resist his persuasiveness.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
British Dictionary definitions for persuasiveness


having the power or ability to persuade; tending to persuade: a persuasive salesman
Derived Forms
persuasively, adverb
persuasiveness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for persuasiveness



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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