[ per-swey-siv, -ziv ]
/ pərˈsweɪ sɪv, -zɪv /


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


something that persuades; inducement.

Nearby words

  1. persuadable,
  2. persuade,
  3. persuader,
  4. persuasible,
  5. persuasion,
  6. persulfate,
  7. persulfuric acid,
  8. persulphuric acid,
  9. pert,
  10. pert.

Origin of persuasive

First recorded in 1580–90, persuasive is from the Medieval Latin word persuāsīvus. See persuasible, -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for persuasive


/ (pəˈsweɪsɪv) /


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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