[per-swey-zhuh n]
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  1. the act of persuading or seeking to persuade.
  2. the power of persuading; persuasive force.
  3. the state or fact of being persuaded or convinced.
  4. a deep conviction or belief.
  5. a form or system of belief, especially religious belief: the Quaker persuasion.
  6. a sect, group, or faction holding or advocating a particular belief, idea, ideology, etc.: Several of the people present are of the socialist persuasion.
  7. Facetious. kind or sort.

Origin of persuasion

1350–1400; late Middle English < Latin persuāsiōn- (stem of persuāsiō; see per-, suasion); replacing Middle English persuacioun < Middle French persuacion < Latin, as above
Related formspre·per·sua·sion, nounself-per·sua·sion, noun

Synonym study

1. See advice. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of persuasion

  • After some persuasion the mother consented, and in a little while the house was quiet.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • No art or persuasion could make him speak; he kept his fingers on his lips.

  • No warning or persuasion, however, had any effect on his companions.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Miss Brewster insisted that Wentworth should light his cigar, which, after some persuasion, he did.

  • Be not hard to her, for she will be more easily moved by persuasion than by force.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

British Dictionary definitions for persuasion


  1. the act of persuading or of trying to persuade
  2. the power to persuade
  3. the state of being persuaded; strong belief
  4. an established creed or belief, esp a religious one
  5. a sect, party, or faction

Word Origin for persuasion

C14: from Latin persuāsiō; see persuade
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Word Origin and History for persuasion

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.

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