SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective able, fitted, or intended to persuade: a very persuasive argument. Origin of persuasive
First recorded in
is from the
-ive Related forms per·sua·sive·ly, adverb per·sua·sive·ness, noun non·per·sua·sive, adjective non·per·sua·sive·ly, adverb non·per·sua·sive·ness, noun pre·per·sua·sive, adjective un·per·sua·sive, adjective un·per·sua·sive·ly, adverb un·per·sua·sive·ness, noun
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persuasiveness that could sway a mob ended by sweeping M. Binet off his feet.
This is the true rhetoric, the right road to
persuasiveness, to be absolutely frank.
And there was some pressure, too, besides the
He injected a little more of the oil of
persuasiveness into his voice.
He spoke with so much grace and
persuasiveness that I was fascinated no less than the abbe. British Dictionary definitions for persuasiveness adjective having the power or ability to persuade; tending to persuade a persuasive salesman Derived Forms persuasively, adverb persuasiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for persuasiveness adj.
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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