Let me acknowledge that there was much need of self-persuasion to arrive at this conclusion.
He caught no cold, and therefore has done more to-day, with great delight and self-persuasion of improvement.
The hope flickered; only the momentary necessity for self-persuasion kept it alive.
late 14c., "action of inducing (someone) to believe (something); argument to persuade, inducement," from Old French persuasion (14c.) and directly from Latin persuasionem (nominative persuasio) "a convincing, persuading," noun of action from past participle stem of persuadere "persuade, convince," from per- "thoroughly, strongly" (see per) + suadere "to urge, persuade," from PIE *swad- "sweet, pleasant" (see sweet (adj.)). Meaning "religious belief, creed" is from 1620s.