- 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
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1. urge, influence, move, entice, impel. Persuade, induce imply influencing someone's thoughts or actions. They are used today mainly in the sense of winning over a person to a certain course of action: It was I who persuaded him to call a doctor. I induced him to do it. They differ in that persuade suggests appealing more to the reason and understanding: I persuaded him to go back to his wife (although it is often lightly used: Can't I persuade you to stay to supper? ); induce emphasizes only the idea of successful influence, whether achieved by argument or by promise of reward: What can I say that will induce you to stay at your job? Owing to this idea of compensation, induce may be used in reference to the influence of factors as well as of persons: The prospect of a raise in salary was what induced him to stay.
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Examples from the Web for 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
C16: from Latin persuādēre, from per- (intensive) + suādēre to urge, advise
Word Origin and History for unpersuaded
1510s, from Middle French persuader (14c.), from Latin persuadere "to bring over by talking," (see persuasion). Related: Persuaded; persuading.
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