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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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British Dictionary definitions for suasory


  1. a rare word for persuasion
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Derived Formssuasive, adjective

Word Origin for suasion

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



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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