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[swey-zhuh n]
  1. the act of advising, urging, or attempting to persuade; persuasion.
  2. an instance of this; a persuasive effort.
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Origin of suasion

1325–75; Middle English < Latin suāsiōn- (stem of suāsiō), equivalent to suās(us), past participle of suādēre to advise (suād-, verb stem + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > s) + -iōn- -ion
Related formssua·sive [swey-siv] /ˈsweɪ sɪv/, sua·so·ry [swey-suh-ree] /ˈsweɪ sə ri/, adjectivesua·sive·ly, adverbsua·sive·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for suasion

Historical Examples

  • Just a flicker of vindictiveness crept into Boris' eyes, and under the suasion of firearms he turned again to the bag.

    High Noon


  • Having exhausted his powers of suasion in vain, he left her to think over it, and sallied forth crestfallen.

    Rivers of Ice

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • The strip of board ceased to move to the suasion of his hand.

  • Just a flicker of vindictiveness crept into Melun's eyes, and under the suasion of firearms he turned again to the bag.

    The Crime Club

    William Holt-White

  • And so, by the suasion of his arm and his imperious will, she was swept onward along the road of her destiny.

British Dictionary definitions for suasion


  1. a rare word for persuasion
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Derived Formssuasive, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Latin suāsiō, from suādēre to persuade
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Word Origin and History for suasion


late 14c., probably via Old French suasion (14c.), from Latin suasionem (nominative suasio) "an advising, a counseling," from suasus, past participle of suadere "to urge, persuade" (related to suavis "sweet;" see sweet). Survives chiefly in phrase moral suasion (1640s).

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