Definition of persuasion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈsweɪʒn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsweɪʒn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the act of persuading somebody to do something or to believe something It didn't take much persuasion to get her to tell us where he was. After a little gentle persuasion, he agreed to come. She has great powers of persuasion. I wasn’t intending to sell, but I’m open to persuasion.
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a particular set of beliefs, especially about religion or politics politicians of all persuasions every shade of religious persuasion
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin persuasio(n-), from the verb persuadere, from per- ‘through, to completion’ + suadere ‘advise’.Extra examples He was basically of liberal persuasion. He will use every means of persuasion to make her stay. I had to use a little gentle persuasion to get her to agree. I think with a little persuasion we can get her to come here. I used all of my powers of persuasion to get Jay to come back. She didn’t need much persuasion. She is uncertain of what she wants and is open to persuasion. She is very charming, and skilled in the art of persuasion. The meeting is open to people of all political persuasions. discrimination on the grounds of a person’s sexual persuasion young people of every persuasion Although I am not of your persuasion, I applaud what you are saying. He was not brought up in any particular religious persuasion. Older people, of whatever political persuasion, tended to disagree with the statement. Politicians of all persuasions condemned the attacks.Idioms (formal or humorous) of the type mentioned peers of the Liberal persuasion

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