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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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Historical Examples
  • Ministers of religion as well as physicians have always wielded with authority the suasive power.

  • Oliver Goldsmith was the most pure and suasive spirit of his age.

    Oliver Goldsmith E. S. Lang Buckland
  • Though certainly not gifted with the imaginative powers of a poetic bard of Rajpootana, their suasive influence is very telling.

    The Hindoos as they Are Shib Chunder Bose
  • So spoke the great advocate with suasive eloquence—with eloquence dangerously suasive as regarded his own happiness.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • He had the most suasive, genial, and gentlemanly comedy manner conceivable, and was never for a minute away from the footlights.

    The Making Of A Novelist David Christie Murray
British Dictionary definitions for suasive


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 suasive



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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