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[swey-zhuh n] /ˈsweɪ ʒən/
the act of advising, urging, or attempting to persuade; persuasion.
an instance of this; a persuasive effort.
Origin of suasion
1325-75; Middle English < Latin suāsiōn- (stem of suāsiō), equivalent to suās(us), past participle of suādēre to advise (suād-, verb stem + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > s) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
[swey-siv] /ˈsweɪ sɪv/ (Show IPA),
[swey-suh-ree] /ˈsweɪ sə ri/ (Show IPA),
suasively, adverb
suasiveness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for suasion
Historical Examples
  • Much can be done by suggestion and suasion regarding the choice of mates and the rearing of large families.

    The Social Direction of Evolution William E. Kellicott
  • Just a flicker of vindictiveness crept into Boris' eyes, and under the suasion of firearms he turned again to the bag.

    High Noon Anonymous
  • No process of suasion will be necessary, however, if their intimate association is prevented.

  • The strip of board ceased to move to the suasion of his hand.

  • No orders, no suasion, could touch Grip now; neither could any form of attack move his anger.

    Jan A. J. Dawson
  • She laid her hand upon my sleeve and 'neath the suasion of her touch I moved away.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • Just a flicker of vindictiveness crept into Melun's eyes, and under the suasion of firearms he turned again to the bag.

    The Crime Club William Holt-White
  • He had no alternative but to obey the suasion of Mr. Rassendyll's arm, and they two began to walk down the Konigstrasse.

    Rupert of Hentzau Anthony Hope
  • And so, by the suasion of his arm and his imperious will, she was swept onward along the road of her destiny.

  • Having exhausted his powers of suasion in vain, he left her to think over it, and sallied forth crestfallen.

    Rivers of Ice R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for suasion


a rare word for persuasion
Derived Forms
suasive, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin suāsiō, from suādēre to persuade
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Word Origin and History for suasion

late 14c., probably via Old French suasion (14c.), from Latin suasionem (nominative suasio) "an advising, a counseling," from suasus, past participle of suadere "to urge, persuade" (related to suavis "sweet;" see sweet). Survives chiefly in phrase moral suasion (1640s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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