What does persuasion mean?

Definitions for persuasion
pərˈsweɪ ʒənper·sua·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. persuasion, suasionnoun

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

  2. opinion, sentiment, persuasion, view, thoughtnoun

    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?"


  1. persuasionnoun

    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. persuasionnoun

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

  3. persuasionnoun

    A strongly held conviction, opinion or belief.

    It is his persuasion that abortion should never be condoned.

  4. persuasionnoun

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

  5. persuasionnoun

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

  6. persuasionnoun

    Any group having a specified characteristic or attribute in common.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Persuasionnoun

    Etymology: persuasion, Fr. from persuasus, Lat.

    If’t prove thy fortune, Polydore, to conquer,
    For thou hast all the arts of fine persuasion,
    Trust me, and let me know thy love’s success. Thomas Otway.

    The most certain token of evident goodness is, if the general persuasion of all men does so account it. Richard Hooker.

    You are a great deal abus’d in too bold a persuasion. William Shakespeare.

    When we have no other certainty of being in the right, but our own persuasions that we are so; this may often be but making one error the gage for another. Gov. of the Tongue.

    The obedient and the men of practice shall ride upon those clouds, and triumph over their present imperfections; till persuasion pass into knowledge, and knowledge advance into assurance, and all come at length to be compleated in the beatifick vision. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. Persuasion

    Persuasion or persuasion arts is an umbrella term for influence. Persuasion can influence a person's beliefs, attitudes, intentions, motivations, or behaviours.Persuasion is studied in many disciplines. Rhetoric studies modes of persuasion in speech and writing and is often taught as a classical subject.: 46  Psychology looks at persuasion through the lens of individual behaviour and neuroscience studies the brain activity associated with this behaviour. History and political science are interested in the role of propaganda in shaping historical events. In business, persuasion is aimed at influencing a person's (or group's) attitude or behaviour towards some event, idea, object, or another person (s) by using written, spoken, or visual methods to convey information, feelings, or reasoning, or a combination thereof. Persuasion is also often used to pursue personal gain, such as election campaigning, giving a sales pitch, or in trial advocacy. Persuasion can also be interpreted as using personal or positional resources to change people.


  1. persuasion

    Persuasion is the act or process of influencing or convincing someone to believe in, agree with, or do something through reasoning and logical argument. It often involves presenting facts, arguments, or emotional appeals to change a person's mind, attitudes, beliefs, or behavior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Persuasionnoun

    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. Persuasionnoun

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

  3. Persuasionnoun

    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. Persuasionnoun

    the power or quality of persuading; persuasiveness

  5. Persuasionnoun

    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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of persuasion in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of persuasion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of persuasion in a Sentence

  1. Benjamin Disraeli:

    That we may live to see England once more possess a free Monarchy and a privileged and prosperous People, is my Prayer; that these great consequences can only be brought about by the energy and devotion of our Youth is my persuasion. We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent can be no longer synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions; and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.

  2. Zig Ziglar:

    The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.

  3. Gavin Newsom:

    It's not a persuasion campaign. People are locked in. But the profound consequences -- particularly the leading candidate on the other side, Larry Elder -- people just need to take a close look.

  4. Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger, chapter 10 (1916):

    [Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.

  5. Kristen Waggoner:

    My hot take: Good lawyers win with civility persuasion, not physical intimidation and threats of violence. We aren’t afraid to engage with people and ideas we disagree with. Apparently many of the students missed this lesson.

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