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[swey-zhuh n] /ˈsweɪ ʒən/
the act of advising, urging, or attempting to persuade; persuasion.
an instance of this; a persuasive effort.
Origin of suasion
1325-75; Middle English < Latin suāsiōn- (stem of suāsiō), equivalent to suās(us), past participle of suādēre to advise (suād-, verb stem + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > s) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
[swey-siv] /ˈsweɪ sɪv/ (Show IPA),
[swey-suh-ree] /ˈsweɪ sə ri/ (Show IPA),
suasively, adverb
suasiveness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for suasion
  • While maturing behind bars, he decided that moral suasion might work where bombs had failed.
  • In the meantime, its chief weapon is moral suasion aimed at companies.
  • Cuomo used the standard levers of political pressure more than moral suasion.
  • Lectures and hectoring and moral suasion don't work, but changing the environment these kids grow up in might work.
  • And if moral suasion doesn't move us, then pure self-interest should.
  • However, the office had no enforcement mechanism other than moral suasion.
  • However, the office has no enforcement mechanism other than moral suasion.
  • However, he has no enforcement mechanism other than moral suasion.
  • Moral suasion and kind treatment have taken the place of muscle and fistic ability in the school room.
British Dictionary definitions for suasion


a rare word for persuasion
Derived Forms
suasive, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin suāsiō, from suādēre to persuade
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Word Origin and History for suasion

late 14c., probably via Old French suasion (14c.), from Latin suasionem (nominative suasio) "an advising, a counseling," from suasus, past participle of suadere "to urge, persuade" (related to suavis "sweet;" see sweet). Survives chiefly in phrase moral suasion (1640s).

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