Definition of persuasive in English:

persuasive

adjective

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

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