[per-swey-siv, -ziv]


able, fitted, or intended to persuade: a very persuasive argument.


something that persuades; inducement.

Origin of persuasive

First recorded in 1580–90, persuasive is from the Medieval Latin word persuāsīvus. See persuasible, -ive
Related formsper·sua·sive·ly, adverbper·sua·sive·ness, nounnon·per·sua·sive, adjectivenon·per·sua·sive·ly, adverbnon·per·sua·sive·ness, nounpre·per·sua·sive, adjectiveun·per·sua·sive, adjectiveun·per·sua·sive·ly, adverbun·per·sua·sive·ness, noun

Synonyms for persuasive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for persuasive

Contemporary Examples of persuasive

Historical Examples of persuasive

  • Persuasive is the voice of Vice, That spreads the insidious snare.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • "Don't you come now, dear," she advised him, in that persuasive voice of hers.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • "The only pattern of exactly its sort and color," said the persuasive voice of Pat.

  • What makes these patients so persuasive is the fact that they are themselves persuaded.

  • He was dignified and suave and gracious, also persuasive when he chose to be.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for persuasive



having the power or ability to persuade; tending to persuadea persuasive salesman
Derived Formspersuasively, adverbpersuasiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for persuasive

1580s, from Middle French persuasif, from Medieval Latin persuasivus, from Latin persuas-, past participle stem of persuadere "persuade, convince" (see persuasion). Related: Persuasively; persuasiveness. Replaced earlier persuasible in this sense (see persuadable).

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