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’
    • ‘Admittedly, it did take a bit of persuasion to get government accountants to accept that idea.’
    • ‘It is a process of persuasion designed to induce ideas, opinions, or actions beneficial to the source.’
    • ‘All I am doing is providing an opening for persuasion and argument!’
    • ‘Furthermore, only through persuasion and argument were people to influence others to join their religion.’
    • ‘However, both argument and rhetoric have persuasion in common.’
    • ‘Any arm-twisting or gentle persuasion presumably took place in corridor huddles or late-night conversations.’
    • ‘Some urged caution, apparently believing that this government is open to persuasion.’
    • ‘But it is both naive and dangerous to imagine that gentle persuasion can change their core activities.’
    • ‘We have tried persuasion and argument, but nobody is listening.’
    • ‘Why was there no adequate process of persuasion?’
    • ‘If this fails then gentle persuasion should follow.’
    • ‘Invite discussion, and be open to correction and persuasion.’
    • ‘Instead of cracking down hard, the municipality took a soft approach, a combination of gentle persuasion and public shaming.’
    • ‘We don't need to use persuasion to make people believe that fire burns.’
    • ‘If this means that the professor is open to persuasion, I certainly hope to persuade him.’
    • ‘Speaking for myself, I remain open to persuasion, should the honours committee look my way.’
    • ‘There is little doubt that the Londoners will wish to retain his services, but he remains open to persuasion.’
    • ‘They pay special attention to the way social responsibilities are fostered by informal communal processes of persuasion and peer pressure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From gentle persuasion to threats and abuse, coercion was apart of the courtship process.’
    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’
    • ‘Throughout his life, he gained and retained the friendship and respect of men of the most diverse political and religious persuasions.’
    • ‘Political leaders and women of all political persuasions are expected to attend the commemorations.’
    • ‘For example, nursing schools at Catholic hospitals once played a central role in training nurses from many religious persuasions.’
    • ‘I've worked for ministers of very different political persuasions.’
    • ‘We hope people of all political persuasions will come and see the show.’
    • ‘They're fun, they're violent, and they have a moralistic narrative frame that makes them palatable to most political persuasions.’
    • ‘The two women may share a political persuasion but insiders say their styles of leadership are very different.’
    • ‘Even their political persuasions are not as predictable as you might expect.’
    • ‘I can't imagine anyone, of any political or religious persuasion, who would not be offended.’
    • ‘This does not discount that we can do good no matter what religious persuasion we are or even if one is an atheist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Friends of mine are displaying the peace flags no matter what their religious inclinations or political persuasions.’
    • ‘People of all ages, backgrounds and political persuasions joined together in unison.’
    • ‘Read books, newspapers, and online content from both political persuasions to be certain you fully understand the issues at hand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have the same rights no matter what their political persuasions are.’
    • ‘Some Republicans, as well as Democrats, and religious groups of both liberal and conservative persuasions have raised concerns.’
    • ‘Whatever your religious persuasions may be, I think this just about sums it up, don't you?’
    • ‘We did not mix with schools of other religions, and were not encouraged to make friends with anyone not of our religious persuasion.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Israeli Jews will then have emancipated themselves at last, becoming citizens of Israel - of the Mosaic persuasion.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In fact, over the years, trade unionists of different persuasions have criticised the Labour Court for reaching verdicts they believed too favourable to employers.’
      • ‘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

/pərˈswāZHən//pərˈsweɪʒən/