verb (used with object), persuaded, persuading.
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.

1505–15; < Latin persuādēre. See per-, dissuade, suasion

persuadable, adjective
persuadability, persuadableness, noun
persuadably, adverb
persuadingly, adverb
nonpersuadable, adjective
prepersuade, verb (used with object), prepersuaded, prepersuading.
unpersuadable, adjective
unpersuadably, adverb
unpersuaded, adjective
well-persuaded, adjective

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.

1. dissuade.

See convince. Unabridged
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persuade (pəˈsweɪd)
1.  to induce, urge, or prevail upon successfully: he finally persuaded them to buy it
2.  to cause to believe; convince: even with the evidence, the police were not persuaded
[C16: from Latin persuādēre, from per- (intensive) + suādēre to urge, advise]

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Word Origin & History

1510s, from L. persuadere "to bring over by talking," (see persuasion).
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Example sentences
The first work it took up was to plant trees on forestland, where people were
  persuaded to stop their cattle from grazing.
These trends have persuaded some researchers that the natural cycle is not the
  only factor driving up hurricane activity.
Our coverage of this kind of research can also arm the consumer with knowledge
  to help keep him or her from being persuaded.
After all, in the end you have to have some trust in those who provide the
  information in order to be persuaded by it.
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