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[per-swey-siv, -ziv] /pərˈsweɪ sɪv, -zɪv/
able, fitted, or intended to persuade:
a very persuasive argument.
something that persuades; inducement.
Origin of persuasive
1580-90; Medieval Latin persuāsīvus. See persuasible, -ive
Related forms
persuasively, adverb
persuasiveness, noun
nonpersuasive, adjective
nonpersuasively, adverb
nonpersuasiveness, noun
prepersuasive, adjective
unpersuasive, adjective
unpersuasively, adverb
unpersuasiveness, noun
1. convincing, compelling, forceful. Unabridged
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  • Scientists are uncovering ways of making messages more persuasive.
  • But woe to the leader whose posturing is not persuasive.
  • His persuasive passion spurs him now to cross this gap by converting everybody to his way of seeing things.
  • This isn't persuasive; it's mind-numbing.
  • Many people find such a story extremely persuasive.
  • Could be used as a persuasive argument to restrict almost anything.
  • Chapters are short, accessible, and persuasive.
  • Only concrete evidence would be persuasive.
  • As you might expect, I don't find this particularly persuasive.
  • Nothing is so eloquent, or so powerfully persuasive as example.
British Dictionary definitions for persuasive


having the power or ability to persuade; tending to persuade: a persuasive salesman
Derived Forms
persuasively, adverb
persuasiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for persuasive

1580s, from Middle French persuasif, from Medieval Latin persuasivus, from Latin persuas-, past participle stem of persuadere "persuade, convince" (see persuasion). Related: Persuasively; persuasiveness. Replaced earlier persuasible in this sense (see persuadable).

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