Definition of Persuasion

1. Noun. The act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communication intended to induce belief or action.

2. Noun. A personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty. "What are your thoughts on Haiti?"

Definition of Persuasion

1. n. The act of persuading; the act of influencing the mind by arguments or reasons offered, or by anything that moves the mind or passions, or inclines the will to a determination.

Definition of Persuasion

1. Noun. The act of persuading, or trying to do so; the addressing of arguments to someone with the intention of changing their mind or convincing them of a certain point of view, course of action etc. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

2. Noun. An argument or other statement intended to influence one's opinions or beliefs; a way of persuading someone. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

3. Noun. A strongly held conviction, opinion or belief. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

4. Noun. One's ability or power to influence someone's opinions or feelings; persuasiveness. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

5. Noun. A specified religious adherence, a creed; any school of thought or ideology. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

6. Noun. (context: colloquial) Any group having a specified characteristic or attribute in common. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

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Definition of Persuasion

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Medical Definition of Persuasion

1. 1. The act of persuading; the act of influencing the mind by arguments or reasons offered, or by anything that moves the mind or passions, or inclines the will to a determination. "For thou hast all the arts of fine persuasion." (Otway) 2. The state of being persuaded or convinced; settled opinion or conviction, which has been induced. "If the general persuasion of all men does so account it." (Hooker) "My firm persuasion is, at least sometimes, That Heaven will weigh man's virtues and his crimes With nice attention." (Cowper) 3. A creed or belief; a sect or party adhering to a certain creed or system of opinions; as, of the same persuasion; all persuasions are agreed. "Of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political." (Jefferson) 4. The power or quality of persuading; persuasiveness. "Is 't possible that my deserts to you Can lack persuasion?" (Shak) 5. That which persuades; a persuasive. Synonym: See Conviction. Origin: L. Persuasio; Cf. F. Persuasion. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Persuasion

persuasion (current term)
persuasive communication
persuasive precedent

Literary usage of Persuasion

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of Jeremy Bentham by Jeremy Bentham, John Bowring (1843)
"among English lawyers, it has been employee to designate any interior degree of persuasion, to tho exclusion of the highest. For giving expression to the ..."

2. The Art of Debate by Warren Choate Shaw (1922)
"Relation of persuasion to Conviction. — persuasion prepares the way for conviction ... persuasion, however, should not be regarded as a process that is kept ..."

3. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"Who knows if, with the sufferance of Heaven, I may not by persuasion turn his heart ? Good is persuasion from a true friend's mouth." Whom, as he ceased, ..."

4. A College Manual of Rhetoric by Charles Sears Baldwin (1902)
"persuasion is that kind of composition which seeks to win assent. ... Exposition is properly impersonal, dispassionate; persuasion may be passionate and is ..."

5. The Works of John Locke, in Nine Volumes by John Locke (1824)
"firmness ot persuasion is made the cause or persuasion & 12. ... For if strength of persuasion be the light, which must guide us; I ask how shall any one ..."

6. The Law of Contracts by Samuel Williston, Clarence Martin Lewis (1920)
"Neither persuasion nor pressure of circumstances is duress. Since there is no impropriety in the use of such means, it follows that suggestion, argument, ..."

7. A Plea for the Queen's English: Stray Notes on Speaking and Spelling by Henry Alford (1881)
"We constantly read of the "Hebrew persuasion" or the "Jewish persuasion." I expect soon to see the term widened still more, and a man of colour described as ..."

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