Definition of persuasion in US English:

persuasion

noun

  • 1The action or fact of persuading someone or of being persuaded to do or believe something.

    ‘Monica needed plenty of persuasion before she actually left’
    • ‘However, both argument and rhetoric have persuasion in common.’
    • ‘From gentle persuasion to threats and abuse, coercion was apart of the courtship process.’
    • ‘We don't need to use persuasion to make people believe that fire burns.’
    • ‘But it is both naive and dangerous to imagine that gentle persuasion can change their core activities.’
    • ‘Admittedly, it did take a bit of persuasion to get government accountants to accept that idea.’
    • ‘Invite discussion, and be open to correction and persuasion.’
    • ‘Any arm-twisting or gentle persuasion presumably took place in corridor huddles or late-night conversations.’
    • ‘We have tried persuasion and argument, but nobody is listening.’
    • ‘They pay special attention to the way social responsibilities are fostered by informal communal processes of persuasion and peer pressure.’
    • ‘If this means that the professor is open to persuasion, I certainly hope to persuade him.’
    • ‘If this fails then gentle persuasion should follow.’
    • ‘All I am doing is providing an opening for persuasion and argument!’
    • ‘Why was there no adequate process of persuasion?’
    • ‘Instead of cracking down hard, the municipality took a soft approach, a combination of gentle persuasion and public shaming.’
    • ‘Furthermore, only through persuasion and argument were people to influence others to join their religion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some urged caution, apparently believing that this government is open to persuasion.’
    • ‘There is little doubt that the Londoners will wish to retain his services, but he remains open to persuasion.’
    • ‘Speaking for myself, I remain open to persuasion, should the honours committee look my way.’
    • ‘It is a process of persuasion designed to induce ideas, opinions, or actions beneficial to the source.’
    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’
    • ‘We did not mix with schools of other religions, and were not encouraged to make friends with anyone not of our religious persuasion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I hope that other colleagues of all political persuasions will join me.’
    • ‘Political leaders and women of all political persuasions are expected to attend the commemorations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can't imagine anyone, of any political or religious persuasion, who would not be offended.’
    • ‘They're fun, they're violent, and they have a moralistic narrative frame that makes them palatable to most political persuasions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Throughout his life, he gained and retained the friendship and respect of men of the most diverse political and religious persuasions.’
    • ‘Whatever your religious persuasions may be, I think this just about sums it up, don't you?’
    • ‘Read books, newspapers, and online content from both political persuasions to be certain you fully understand the issues at hand.’
    • ‘People of all ages, backgrounds and political persuasions joined together in unison.’
    • ‘We hope people of all political persuasions will come and see the show.’
    • ‘They have the same rights no matter what their political persuasions are.’
    • ‘Even their political persuasions are not as predictable as you might expect.’
    • ‘This does not discount that we can do good no matter what religious persuasion we are or even if one is an atheist.’
    • ‘Some Republicans, as well as Democrats, and religious groups of both liberal and conservative persuasions have raised concerns.’
    • ‘The two women may share a political persuasion but insiders say their styles of leadership are very different.’
    • ‘Friends of mine are displaying the peace flags no matter what their religious inclinations or political persuasions.’
    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 Methodist persuasion’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 Any group or type of person or thing linked by a specified characteristic, quality, or attribute.
      ‘an ancient gas oven of the enamel persuasion’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Taken together, adherents of these two scholarly persuasions constituted a powerful, ideologically driven interest group.’
      • ‘Pictured on the poster was a collared clergyperson of the female persuasion.’
      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

/pərˈsweɪʒən//pərˈswāZHən/