Definition of persuasive in US English:

persuasive

adjective

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

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

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