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


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

OTHER WORDS FROM persuasive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for persuasiveness

/ (pəˈsweɪsɪv) /


having the power or ability to persuade; tending to persuadea persuasive salesman

Derived forms of persuasive

persuasively, adverbpersuasiveness, noun
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