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[per-swey-siv, -ziv]
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  1. able, fitted, or intended to persuade: a very persuasive argument.
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  1. something that persuades; inducement.
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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


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1. convincing, compelling, forceful.
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  • "You know—Sid—he could swim perfectly," she said persuasively.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • "I had my reasons for the deceit, Lola," said he, persuasively.

  • I talked volubly, jocularly, persuasively, tenderly; I talked in a subdued tone.

  • I put my plan as persuasively as I could; but the Dean did not seem to see any merit in it.

    The Red Hand of Ulster

    George A. Birmingham

  • "It's a sign rather than a demonstration," he argued, persuasively.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for persuasively


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



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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