Definition of persuasion in English:

persuasion

noun

  • 1mass noun The action or process of persuading someone or of being persuaded to do or believe something.

    ‘Monica needed plenty of persuasion before she actually left’
    • ‘From gentle persuasion to threats and abuse, coercion was apart of the courtship process.’
    • ‘However, both argument and rhetoric have persuasion in common.’
    • ‘Any arm-twisting or gentle persuasion presumably took place in corridor huddles or late-night conversations.’
    • ‘Some urged caution, apparently believing that this government is open to persuasion.’
    • ‘Instead of cracking down hard, the municipality took a soft approach, a combination of gentle persuasion and public shaming.’
    • ‘If this means that the professor is open to persuasion, I certainly hope to persuade him.’
    • ‘But it is both naive and dangerous to imagine that gentle persuasion can change their core activities.’
    • ‘Furthermore, only through persuasion and argument were people to influence others to join their religion.’
    • ‘Why was there no adequate process of persuasion?’
    • ‘Speaking for myself, I remain open to persuasion, should the honours committee look my way.’
    • ‘They pay special attention to the way social responsibilities are fostered by informal communal processes of persuasion and peer pressure.’
    • ‘We have tried persuasion and argument, but nobody is listening.’
    • ‘If this fails then gentle persuasion should follow.’
    • ‘We don't need to use persuasion to make people believe that fire burns.’
    • ‘There is little doubt that the Londoners will wish to retain his services, but he remains open to persuasion.’
    • ‘All I am doing is providing an opening for persuasion and argument!’
    • ‘It is a process of persuasion designed to induce ideas, opinions, or actions beneficial to the source.’
    • ‘I was open to persuasion that the actual facts before the court did not disclose a case of negligence that had any reasonable prospect of success.’
    • ‘Invite discussion, and be open to correction and persuasion.’
    • ‘Admittedly, it did take a bit of persuasion to get government accountants to accept that idea.’
    coaxing, persuading, coercion, inducement, convincing, blandishment, encouragement, urging, prompting, inveiglement, temptation, cajolery, enticement, wheedling, pressure, moral pressure
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  • 2A belief or set of beliefs, especially religious or political ones.

    ‘writers of all political persuasions’
    • ‘The two women may share a political persuasion but insiders say their styles of leadership are very different.’
    • ‘Throughout his life, he gained and retained the friendship and respect of men of the most diverse political and religious persuasions.’
    • ‘We hope people of all political persuasions will come and see the show.’
    • ‘Some Republicans, as well as Democrats, and religious groups of both liberal and conservative persuasions have raised concerns.’
    • ‘This does not discount that we can do good no matter what religious persuasion we are or even if one is an atheist.’
    • ‘I've worked for ministers of very different political persuasions.’
    • ‘For example, nursing schools at Catholic hospitals once played a central role in training nurses from many religious persuasions.’
    • ‘They have the same rights no matter what their political persuasions are.’
    • ‘Whatever your religious persuasions may be, I think this just about sums it up, don't you?’
    • ‘We did not mix with schools of other religions, and were not encouraged to make friends with anyone not of our religious persuasion.’
    • ‘Whatever sexual, ethical, religious and political persuasions a person comes from, it can only be good to give all people a great welcome to Scotland.’
    • ‘They're fun, they're violent, and they have a moralistic narrative frame that makes them palatable to most political persuasions.’
    • ‘Political leaders and women of all political persuasions are expected to attend the commemorations.’
    • ‘Even their political persuasions are not as predictable as you might expect.’
    • ‘I hope that other colleagues of all political persuasions will join me.’
    • ‘Read books, newspapers, and online content from both political persuasions to be certain you fully understand the issues at hand.’
    • ‘Friends of mine are displaying the peace flags no matter what their religious inclinations or political persuasions.’
    • ‘I can't imagine anyone, of any political or religious persuasion, who would not be offended.’
    • ‘People of all ages, backgrounds and political persuasions joined together in unison.’
    • ‘We started our campaign by saying that starvation, regardless of political or religious persuasion, is at its core a moral issue that concerns us all.’
    belief, opinion, conviction, faith, certainty, certitude, view
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    1. 2.1 A group or sect holding a particular religious belief.
      ‘the village had two chapels for those of the Primitive Methodist persuasion’
      • ‘The temple is the most sacred site in Nepal, widely venerated by members of at least four major sectarian Buddhist persuasions, each with distinct ethnic and caste affiliations.’
      • ‘I am in the midst of a theological dilemma which, given my atheist persuasion, feels rather uncomfortable.’
      • ‘Israeli Jews will then have emancipated themselves at last, becoming citizens of Israel - of the Mosaic persuasion.’
      group, grouping, sect, denomination, party, camp, side, faction, religion, cult, affiliation, school of thought, belief, creed, credo, faith, philosophy
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    2. 2.2humorous Sort, kind, or nature.
      ‘half a dozen gents of British persuasion’
      • ‘Pictured on the poster was a collared clergyperson of the female persuasion.’
      • ‘Taken together, adherents of these two scholarly persuasions constituted a powerful, ideologically driven interest group.’
      • ‘In fact, over the years, trade unionists of different persuasions have criticised the Labour Court for reaching verdicts they believed too favourable to employers.’
      • ‘Many people of a bohemian persuasion passed through her living room, from artists to drug addicts, not that those classifications were mutually exclusive.’
      character, nature, essence, quality, disposition, make-up, calibre
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin persuasio(n-), from the verb persuadere (see persuade).

Pronunciation

persuasion

/pəˈsweɪʒ(ə)n/