- to prevail on (a person) to do something, as by advising or urging: We could not persuade him to wait.
- to induce to believe by appealing to reason or understanding; convince: to persuade the judge of the prisoner's innocence.
Origin of persuade
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Examples from the Web for persuadable
Asian-Americans are a group of persuadable swing voters, growing faster than any other group in America today.Asian-Americans Are The New Florida
January 8, 2015
But when the pool of persuadable voters is smaller than usual, “then ginning up enthusiasm is the name of the game,” said Galston.Democrats Push Envelope on Abortion, Drop Insistence That It Be Rare
September 15, 2012
Once persuadable voters hear John McCain's most honest voice, they may give another listen to his actual message.McCain's Comedy Comeback
October 17, 2008
Peter and Watts tried to persuade her, but she was not persuadable.The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him
Paul Leicester Ford
After a deal of ransacking, one was found whose owner was persuadable; he exchanged it for our section, and we got away at last.The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Gentlemen, our friend Ferret's treat—we'll drink his health—a worthy, persuadable, amenable man—so here's to him.Quodlibet
John P. Kennedy
Very sad indeed: but Count Bruhl is not persuadable otherwise.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XV. (of XXI.)
Here was no gracious life, active and affectionate, to beguile into verdure the stubborn yet persuadable soil.The House on the Moor, v. 2/3
- to induce, urge, or prevail upon successfullyhe finally persuaded them to buy it
- to cause to believe; convinceeven with the evidence, the police were not persuaded
Word Origin and History for persuadable
"capable of being persuaded," 1737, from persuade + -able. Fowler recommends this over the older adjective, persuasible (late 14c.), from Latin persuasibilis "convincing, persuasive," from persuad-, past participle stem of persuadere (see persuade). This originally meant "having power to persuade," but c.1500 it also acquired the meaning "capable of being persuaded" and the older sense became obsolete.
1510s, from Middle French persuader (14c.), from Latin persuadere "to bring over by talking," (see persuasion). Related: Persuaded; persuading.