[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

Related Words for persuasiveness

strength, influence, forcefulness, power, inducement

Examples from the Web for persuasiveness

Contemporary Examples of persuasiveness

  • Art depends for its effects, for its persuasiveness, on inevitability.

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    The Power of 'Straw Dogs'

    Malcolm Jones

    September 19, 2011

Historical Examples of persuasiveness

  • The persuasiveness that could sway a mob ended by sweeping M. Binet off his feet.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • This is the true rhetoric, the right road to persuasiveness, to be absolutely frank.



  • And there was some pressure, too, besides the persuasiveness.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

  • He injected a little more of the oil of persuasiveness into his voice.

    Rim o' the World

    B. M. Bower

  • He spoke with so much grace and persuasiveness that I was fascinated no less than the abbe.


    George Sand

British Dictionary definitions for persuasiveness



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 persuasiveness



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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