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Definitions for persuasive
pərˈsweɪ sɪv, -zɪvper·sua·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. persuasiveadjective

    intended or having the power to induce action or belief

    "persuasive eloquence"; "a most persuasive speaker"; "a persuasive argument"


  1. persuasiveadjective

    able to persuade; convincing

  2. Etymology: From persuasivus, from past participle stem of persuadere + -ivus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Persuasiveadjective

    Having the power of persuading; having influence on the passions.

    Etymology: persuasif, Fr. from persuade.

    In prayer, we do not so much respect what precepts art delivereth, touching the method of persuasive utterance in the presence of great men, as what doth most avail to our own edification in piety and godly zeal. Richard Hooker.

    Let Martius resume his farther discourse, as well for the persuasive as for the consult, touching the means that may conduce unto the enterprize. Francis Bacon.

    Notwithstanding the weight and fitness of the arguments to persuade, and the light of man’s intellect to meet this persuasive evidence with a suitable assent, no assent followed, nor were men thereby actually persuaded. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. persuasive

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Persuasiveadjective

    tending to persuade; having the power of persuading; as, persuasive eloquence

  2. Persuasivenoun

    that which persuades; an inducement; an incitement; an exhortation

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. persuasif.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of persuasive in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of persuasive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of persuasive in a Sentence

  1. Kensey Jones:

    I am so proud to see my students rise to the occasion and write amazing persuasive paragraphs through the eyes of one of their RACC dogs.

  2. Jan Selby:

    I don't find the paper at all persuasive.

  3. Andrew Thomas:

    We all think we're persuasive, but sometimes there isn’t much you can do for a deal except be patient, polite and present.

  4. Gawker Heather Dietrick:

    We are facing a trial in Hulk Hogan’s hometown, which is obviously difficult, like them having a home court advantage, but I think that we will be able to tell our story in a persuasive way, i don’t think you have to be a First Amendment scholar to understand the importance of the story, whether or not it’s about a sex tape or some other piece of leaked info – it is important for a reporter to tell a real story in the face of misinformation out there.

  5. Donald Trump:

    I think there’s a lot of ways to be persuasive.

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    something that seduces or has the quality to seduce
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