One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Serving to persuade.
convincing, effective, cogent, compelling, potent, forceful, eloquent, impressive, weighty, influential, sound, valid, powerful, strong, effectual, efficacious, winning, telling, plausible, credibleView synonyms
- ‘Character is one of the most important instructive and suasive devices in literature, Fowler points out.’
- ‘The inaugural address has been characterized as a suasive message that presidents craft to establish their national leadership.’
- ‘The climax is suasive, shatteringly beautiful, and absolutely right.’
- ‘Such is the suasive power of the New York Street, I guess.’
- ‘The inaugural address is regarded as an essentially suasive speech in which the president may articulate his vision of what the nation can and should be.’
- ‘Furthermore, presidential scholars regard the inaugural address as a separate genre of presidential communication, an essentially suasive message that presidents craft to establish themselves as national leaders.’
- ‘Apparently, the Coalition does not trust the suasive power of the Bible to win over the hearts and minds of America on the issues it really considers important.’
- ‘In contrast, presidents' inaugural addresses have been described as suasive messages that are crafted to showcase the newly elected president as a national leader.’
- 1.1Grammar Denoting a class of English verbs, for example insist, whose meaning includes the notion of persuading and which take a subordinate clause whose verb may either be in the subjunctive or take a modal.
- ‘Both public and private verbs are interesting in the present analysis; by contrast, suasive verbs are too rare to deserve special attention.’
- ‘Suasive verbs imply intentions to bring about some change in the future (eg, command, stipulate).’
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