[ per-sweyd ]
/ pərˈsweɪd /
verb (used with object), per·suad·ed, per·suad·ing.
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
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.
ANTONYMS FOR persuade
per·suad·a·ble, adjectiveper·suad·a·bil·i·ty, per·suad·a·ble·ness, nounper·suad·a·bly, adverbper·suad·ing·ly, adverb
non·per·suad·a·ble, adjectivepre·per·suade, verb (used with object), pre·per·suad·ed, pre·per·suad·ing.un·per·suad·a·ble, adjectiveun·per·suad·a·bly, adverbun·per·suad·ed, adjectivewell-per·suad·ed, adjective
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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
British Dictionary definitions for unpersuaded (1 of 2)
/ (ˌʌnpəˈsweɪdɪd) /
not having been induced, urged, or prevailed upon successfully
British Dictionary definitions for unpersuaded (2 of 2)
/ (pəˈsweɪd) /
verb (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
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
Derived Formspersuadable or persuasible, adjectivepersuadability or persuasibility, nounpersuader, noun
Word Origin for persuade
C16: from Latin persuādēre, from per- (intensive) + suādēre to urge, advise
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