One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Persuasive; intended to persuade; relating to persuasion.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Abraham Fleming (c1552–1607), author, literary editor, and Church of England clergyman. From post-classical Latin persuasorius persuasive from classical Latin persuās-, past participial stem of persuādēre + -ōrius. Compare Middle French, French † persuasoire persuasive, convincing, Portuguese persuasório.
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