Definition of suasive in US English:



  • 1Serving to persuade.

    • ‘The inaugural address is regarded as an essentially suasive speech in which the president may articulate his vision of what the nation can and should be.’
    • ‘Such is the suasive power of the New York Street, I guess.’
    • ‘The climax is suasive, shatteringly beautiful, and absolutely right.’
    • ‘Character is one of the most important instructive and suasive devices in literature, Fowler points out.’
    • ‘Furthermore, presidential scholars regard the inaugural address as a separate genre of presidential communication, an essentially suasive message that presidents craft to establish themselves as national leaders.’
    • ‘In contrast, presidents' inaugural addresses have been described as suasive messages that are crafted to showcase the newly elected president as a national leader.’
    • ‘Apparently, the Coalition does not trust the suasive power of the Bible to win over the hearts and minds of America on the issues it really considers important.’
    • ‘The inaugural address has been characterized as a suasive message that presidents craft to establish their national leadership.’
    convincing, effective, cogent, compelling, potent, forceful, eloquent, impressive, weighty, influential, sound, valid, powerful, strong, effectual, efficacious, winning, telling, plausible, credible
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    1. 1.1Grammar Denoting a class of English verbs, for example insist, whose meaning includes the notion of persuading and which take a subordinate clause whose verb may either be in the subjunctive or take a modal.
      • ‘Suasive verbs imply intentions to bring about some change in the future (eg, command, stipulate).’
      • ‘Both public and private verbs are interesting in the present analysis; by contrast, suasive verbs are too rare to deserve special attention.’