Definition of persuasive in English:

persuasive

adjective

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

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

Late 15th century: from French persuasif, -ive or medieval Latin persuasivus, from persuas- ‘convinced by reasoning’, from the verb persuadere (see persuade).

Pronunciation

persuasive

/pəˈsweɪsɪv/