[ per-swey-zhuhn ]
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  1. the act of persuading or seeking to persuade.

  2. the power of persuading; persuasive force.

  1. the state or fact of being persuaded or convinced.

  2. a deep conviction or belief.

  3. a form or system of belief, especially religious belief: the Quaker persuasion.

  4. a sect, group, or faction holding or advocating a particular belief, idea, ideology, etc.: Several of the people present are of the socialist persuasion.

  5. Facetious. kind or sort.

Origin of persuasion

First recorded in 1350–1400; late Middle English, from Latin persuāsiōn-, stem of persuāsiō; equivalent to per- + suasion; replacing Middle English persuacioun, from Middle French persuacion, from Latin, as above

synonym study For persuasion

1. See advice.

Other words from persuasion

  • pre·per·sua·sion, noun
  • self-per·sua·sion, noun

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How to use persuasion in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for persuasion


/ (pəˈsweɪʒən) /

  1. the act of persuading or of trying to persuade

  2. the power to persuade

  1. the state of being persuaded; strong belief

  2. an established creed or belief, esp a religious one

  3. a sect, party, or faction

Origin of persuasion

C14: from Latin persuāsiō; see persuade

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