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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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  • Never had she heard a human voice so persuasive, and yet so agonized in its intensity.

    Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
  • Cecil is amiable as an angel, won by the mellow, persuasive voice.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Mrs. Frankland said this with persuasive plaintiveness of tone.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • Jelinek spoke in a persuasive tone to Mrs. Shimerda, and then turned to grandfather.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • He has a broad, rather broadly modelled face, a soft voice, the sort of persuasive reasoning voice that many Scotchmen have.

    War and the Future H. G. Wells
British Dictionary definitions for persuasive


having the power or ability to persuade; tending to persuade: a persuasive salesman
Derived Forms
persuasively, adverb
persuasiveness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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