Definitions for persuasionpərˈsweɪ ʒən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

per•sua•sionpərˈsweɪ ʒən(n.)

  1. the act of persuading or seeking to persuade.

  2. power to persuade; persuasive force.

  3. the state or fact of being persuaded or convinced.

  4. a deep conviction or belief.

  5. a form or system of belief, esp. religious belief:

    the Quaker persuasion.

    Category: Religion

  6. a sect, group, or faction.

  7. kind; sort.

    Category: Status (usage)

Origin of persuasion:

1350–1400; ME persuacioun (< AF, MF) < L persuāsiō; see persuade , -tion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. persuasion, suasion(noun)

    the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communication intended to induce belief or action

  2. opinion, sentiment, persuasion, view, thought(noun)

    a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty

    "my opinion differs from yours"; "I am not of your persuasion"; "what are your thoughts on Haiti?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. persuasion(noun)ərˈsweɪ ʒən

    the process of making sb believe or agree with you

    It took a lot of persuasion to get him to come tonight.


  1. persuasion(Noun)

    The act of persuading, or trying to do so; the addressing of arguments to someone with the intention of changing their mind or convincing them of a certain point of view, course of action etc.

  2. persuasion(Noun)

    An argument or other statement intended to influence one's opinions or beliefs; a way of persuading someone.

  3. persuasion(Noun)

    A strongly held conviction, opinion or belief.

    It is his persuasion that abortion should never be condoned.

  4. persuasion(Noun)

    One's ability or power to influence someone's opinions or feelings; persuasiveness.

  5. persuasion(Noun)

    A specified religious adherence, a creed; any school of thought or ideology.

  6. persuasion(Noun)

    Any group having a specified characteristic or attribute in common.

  7. Origin: From persuasion and its source, persuasio, from persuadere, from suadere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Persuasion(noun)

    the act of persuading; the act of influencing the mind by arguments or reasons offered, or by anything that moves the mind or passions, or inclines the will to a determination

  2. Persuasion(noun)

    the state of being persuaded or convinced; settled opinion or conviction, which has been induced

  3. Persuasion(noun)

    a creed or belief; a sect or party adhering to a certain creed or system of opinions; as, of the same persuasion; all persuasions are agreed

  4. Persuasion(noun)

    the power or quality of persuading; persuasiveness

  5. Persuasion(noun)

    that which persuades; a persuasive


  1. Persuasion

    Persuasion is underneath the umbrella term of Influence. In other words, persuasion is influence, but it requires communication, whereas influence doesn't necessarily. Persuasion can attempt to influence the beliefs, attitudes, intentions, motivations, or behaviors. Persuasion is a process aimed at changing a person's attitude or behavior toward some event, idea, object, or other person, by using written or spoken words to convey information, feelings, or reasoning, or a combination thereof. Persuasion is also an often used tool in the pursuit of personal gain, such as election campaigning, giving a sales pitch, or in Trial Advocacy. Persuasion can also be interpreted as using one's personal or positional resources to change people's behaviors or attitudes. Systematic persuasion is the process through which attitudes or beliefs are changed by appeals to logic and reason. Heuristic persuasion on the other hand is the process through which attitudes or beliefs are changed because of appeals to habit or emotion.

Translations for persuasion

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of persuading

He gave in to our persuasion and did what we wanted him to do.

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