Definition of suasion in English:



mass nounformal
  • Persuasion as opposed to force or compulsion.

    ‘the clearing banks found the use of both moral suasion and direct controls particularly irksome’
    • ‘We of all people ought to be able to tell the difference between moral suasion and compulsion.’
    • ‘We wait like small children to see if an aging Ayatollah will decide to evict us by force or moral suasion.’
    • ‘Much evidence indicates that these changes in the lives of aristocratic women arose from a combination of moral suasion, public pressure, and political strategizing.’
    • ‘The U.S. could use moral and political suasion to encourage American companies to cut links to Rangoon.’
    • ‘Any sort of ‘conversion’ happens through a complex and mysterious combination of rational argument, moral suasion, aesthetic appeal, and gut intuition.’
    • ‘Would it not have been better to allow internal reform, political evolution, and moral suasion combined with unfettered commerce to work change?’
    • ‘Perhaps it was awareness of the complicated reality that made brotherhood and women's auxiliary leaders understand that moral suasion was not enough to maintain sober railwaymen.’
    • ‘We're looking for moral suasion so that people are encouraged to respect the national anthem.’
    • ‘Rogue states are, by definition, impervious to moral suasion.’
    • ‘Moral suasion by the private sector in getting their members to pay up their taxes is another way of helping to ease the cash crunch of the state.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, it is said that the ministry intends to use moral suasion, in the first place, to get absentee teachers to mend their ways, and then disciplinary measures.’
    • ‘As a group, private-sector actors would seem more amenable to moral suasion than are either state leaders or guerillas.’
    • ‘It is up to us to use moral suasion to carry the day; no one else is going to take on the task for us.’
    • ‘The tactics of social movements, too, may vary, ranging from moral suasion to civil disobedience, from demonstrations to petitioning, and from armed self-defense to armed struggle.’
    • ‘It makes more sense for Jospin simply to voice the warning and rely on the government's powers of moral suasion.’
    • ‘They ought to be decided by school administrators, subject to moral suasion by parents and by the public, not by courts.’
    • ‘Even many radically liberal activists in the United States believe that their agenda should be put into force by suasion and democracy rather than judicial fiat.’
    • ‘The best we can do is to use moral suasion and seek to persuade the U.S. from its chosen path.’
    • ‘Another possible explanation for the failure of nominal rates to rise is the wartime moral suasion by the U.S. government described above.’
    • ‘Aspects of the society may not be moral and individualist feminists may use education, protest, boycott, and moral suasion - the whole slate of persuasive strategies - to affect change.’
    coaxing, persuading, coercion, inducement, convincing, blandishment, encouragement, urging, prompting, inveiglement, temptation, cajolery, enticement, wheedling, pressure, moral pressure
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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin suasio(n-), from suadere ‘to urge’.