[swey-zhuh n]


the act of advising, urging, or attempting to persuade; persuasion.
an instance of this; a persuasive effort.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for suasive

Historical Examples of suasive

  • Oliver Goldsmith was the most pure and suasive spirit of his age.

    Oliver Goldsmith

    E. S. Lang Buckland

  • Ministers of religion as well as physicians have always wielded with authority the suasive power.

  • He had the most suasive, genial, and gentlemanly comedy manner conceivable, and was never for a minute away from the footlights.

    The Making Of A Novelist

    David Christie Murray

  • So spoke the great advocate with suasive eloquence—with eloquence dangerously suasive as regarded his own happiness.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope

  • Though certainly not gifted with the imaginative powers of a poetic bard of Rajpootana, their suasive influence is very telling.

    The Hindoos as they Are

    Shib Chunder Bose

British Dictionary definitions for suasive



a rare word for persuasion
Derived Formssuasive, adjective

Word Origin for suasion

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



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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