Definition of persuasive in English:



  • Good at persuading someone to do or believe something through reasoning or the use of temptation.

    ‘an informative and persuasive speech’
    • ‘It is highly readable, often persuasive and enlightening on the plays, but it is speculation.’
    • ‘The situation here makes it no longer possible for them to be persuasive or demanding of anything.’
    • ‘They make a persuasive case that is supported by evidence from as far away as Austria and Australia.’
    • ‘He is very persuasive, he networks better than most and he has great communication skills.’
    • ‘Because of the authority he brings to it, his art is totally persuasive and absolutely compelling.’
    • ‘I'm sure that I'm not persuasive enough to convince anyone to cut back and spend more wisely.’
    • ‘Its persuasive powers are limited to encouraging buyers to test new products.’
    • ‘Did I need to make a quick call to check a fact or get one more piece of persuasive evidence?’
    • ‘We should talk to them and use any persuasive power we have at our disposal.’
    • ‘The judgment is not binding on the Irish courts, but will have persuasive influence.’
    • ‘Either that, or they're simply floored by his slightly odd, but gently persuasive manner.’
    • ‘It is never particularly persuasive to address believers as if they are idiots in need of education.’
    • ‘Instead of sounding forceful and persuasive, he often sounds tinny and annoyed.’
    • ‘These theories, I think, are persuasive because they seem to explain a reason for moral beliefs.’
    • ‘Science and religion are two of the most persuasive influences the world has ever known.’
    • ‘Good writing is therefore very much to do with developing your style so that it is persuasive and convincing.’
    • ‘The more people who voice their support, the more persuasive we will be.’
    • ‘The rules cannot govern the meaning of the primary legislation but they have persuasive effect.’
    • ‘They believe that praising the world's most powerful men is more persuasive than criticising them.’
    • ‘If one plot line is potentially chilling, the other is decreasingly persuasive.’
    convincing, effective, cogent, compelling, potent, forceful, eloquent, impressive, weighty, influential, sound, valid, powerful, strong, effectual, efficacious, winning, telling, plausible, credible
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Late 15th century: from French persuasif, -ive or medieval Latin persuasivus, from persuas- ‘convinced by reasoning’, from the verb persuadere (see persuade).