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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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  • He had a power and sharp-cut faculty of statement and persuasiveness beyond any man's else.

    Complete Prose Works Walt Whitman
  • He spoke with so much grace and persuasiveness that I was fascinated no less than the abbe.

    Mauprat George Sand
  • But his persuasiveness for many minds remained in its highest degree.

    The Real Gladstone J. Ewing Ritchie
  • The persuasiveness that could sway a mob ended by sweeping M. Binet off his feet.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • He was trying for his first convert and his soul went into his persuasiveness.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • And there was some pressure, too, besides the persuasiveness.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • How much dignity and persuasiveness it has still, he thought to himself, this commonplace country life of ours, on its best sides!

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • He injected a little more of the oil of persuasiveness into his voice.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • The tradesman soul yielded to the persuasiveness of cash in advance.

British Dictionary definitions for persuasiveness


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 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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