- to prevail on (a person) to do something, as by advising or urging: We could not persuade him to wait.
- to induce to believe by appealing to reason or understanding; convince: to persuade the judge of the prisoner's innocence.
Origin of persuade
Synonyms for persuade
Antonyms for persuade
Examples from the Web for unpersuaded
Historical Examples of unpersuaded
Dr. Sevier thrust his pocket-book back into its place, compressing his lips and giving his head an unpersuaded jerk.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
- not having been induced, urged, or prevailed upon successfully
- to induce, urge, or prevail upon successfullyhe finally persuaded them to buy it
- to cause to believe; convinceeven with the evidence, the police were not persuaded
Word Origin for persuade
1510s, from Middle French persuader (14c.), from Latin persuadere "to bring over by talking," (see persuasion). Related: Persuaded; persuading.