• WordNet 3.6
    • n persuasion a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty "my opinion differs from yours","I am not of your persuasion","what are your thoughts on Haiti?"
    • n persuasion the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communication intended to induce belief or action
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Persuasion 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."
    • Persuasion That which persuades; a persuasive.
    • Persuasion 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 ."
    • Persuasion The power or quality of persuading; persuasiveness. "Is 't possible that my deserts to you
      Can lack persuasion ?"
    • Persuasion 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.""My firm persuasion is, at least sometimes,
      That Heaven will weigh man's virtues and his crimes
      With nice attention."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n persuasion The act of persuading, influencing, or winning over the mind or will to some conclusion, determination, or course of action, by argument or the presentation of suitable reasons, and not by the exercise of authority, force, or fear; a coaxing or inclining of the mind or will by argument, or by appeals to reason, interest, the feelings, etc.
    • n persuasion The state of being persuaded or convinced; settled opinion or conviction.
    • n persuasion An inducement; a reason or motive for a certain action.
    • n persuasion Way of thinking; creed or belief; hence, a sect or party adhering to a creed or system of opinions: as, Christians of the same persuasion.
    • n persuasion Kind; sort.
    • n persuasion Synonyms Opinion, Belief, Persuasion, Conviction, and Faith agree in expressing the assent of the mind. Opinion has the least feeling or energy, is most inellectual. Belief may be purely intellectual, or largely moral by the consent of the feelings or the will. Persuasion is a word borrowed from the field of action; primarily, we persuade one to do something by motives addressed to his feelings or interests; when the word is applied to opinions, it seems to retain much of its original sense, suggesting that the persuasioh is founded largely on the feelings or wishes: we have a pesuasion of that which we are willing to believe. Conviction starts from the other side, primarily suggesting that one was rather reluctantly forced to belive by the weight of evidance; it is now more often used of settled, profound, amd earnest beliefs: as, his deepest convictions of right and duty. Faith rests upon belief, but implies confidence in a person on whose authority one depends at least partly, and the gathering of feeling about the opinion held; it is a confident belief: as, to have implict faith in a friend or a promise. See inference, and quotation from Wordsworth under definition 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Persuasion act of persuading: state of being persuaded: settled opinion: a creed: a party adhering to a creed:
    • Persuasion (Spens.) an inducement
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  • Everett M. Dirksen
    Everett M. Dirksen
    “The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion; constitutionality is no match with compassion.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Men are not governed by justice, but by law or persuasion. When they refuse to be governed by law or persuasion, they have to be governed by force or fraud, or both.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Not brute force but only persuasion and faith are the kings of this world.”
  • Janet Frame
    Janet Frame
    “For your own good is a persuasive argument that will eventually make a man agree to his own destruction.”
  • Homer
    “The persuasion of a friend is a strong thing.”
  • Proverb
    “Persuasion is better than force.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. persuasio,; Cf. F. persuasion,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. persuadēre, -suasumper, thoroughly, suadēre, to advise.


In literature:

This persuasion was confirmed by the description of the stranger's guise and demeanour given by my landlord.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
By her winning, tender and persuasive conversation, their hard hearts, at times, were deeply affected.
"The Story of Cooperstown" by Ralph Birdsall
He tried persuasion, he tried flattery.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
His voice was quiet and persuasive when he finally spoke.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
You don't seem to remember what my powers of persuasion have accomplished in the past.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume III. (of X.)" by Various
At last the woman's powers of persuasion were exhausted, and she drained the glass herself.
"Life in Morocco and Glimpses Beyond" by Budgett Meakin
To this true quality of music is added the persuasiveness of pleading.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
You don't seem to remember what my powers of persuasion have accomplished in the past.
"An Arkansas Planter" by Opie Percival Read
It was hard to resist that persuasive voice, but she did.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
After much persuasion she came down and father met her and led her to the instrument.
"Sixty Years of California Song" by Margaret Blake-Alverson

In poetry:

In all places, then, and in all seasons,
Flowers expand their light and soul-like wings,
Teaching us, by most persuasive reasons,
How akin they are to human things.
"Voices Of The Night : Flowers" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Oh, good-night, good-night
Dreams enfold me bright
Of your eyes' persuasive mildness.
Many a silent word
From their corners heard,—
Breaking forth with gentle wildness.
"Love Song" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
To melt the hearts that harshness turned to stone
The sweet persuasion of her lips sufficed,
And guilt, which only hate and fear had known,
Saw in her own the pitying love of Christ.
"The Two Elizabeths" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But they who knew the ways of God unchanging,
Concluded some far influence unseen —
Some kindred sphere through viewless ethers ranging,
Whose strong persuasions spanned the void between.
"The Dark Companion" by James Brunton Stephens
And he, whose mild persuasive voice
Taught us in trials to rejoice,
Most like a faithful dove,
That by some ruined homestead builds,
And pours to the forsaken fields
His wonted lay of love:
"The Restoration Of The Royal Family" by John Keble
Did not thy reason, and thy sense,
With most persuasive eloquence,
Convince me that obedience due
None may so justly claim as you,
By right of beauty you would be
Mistress o'er my heart and me.
"An Attempt At The Manner Of Waller" by William Cowper

In news:

Watch Nishanto Grillo make a black bear go away by using the power of persuasion .
Jason Epstein's objections to the film of Schindler's List are persuasive.
He's a professor at Georgia Tech and a founding partner of Persuasive Games, a videogame studio.
Consumers Open To Social Media Persuasion, Not Pushiness .
If anyone ever doubted that advertising works, the latest example of its persuasive power, documented in The New York Times Thursday, should prompt them to reconsider.
Simply identifying a person as a voter, as many volunteers did — "Mr. Jones, we know you have voted in the past" — acts as a subtle prompt to future voting, said Dr Cialdini, a foundational figure in the science of persuasion.
We might more persuasively argue that the lack of religion brings destruction.
But the society, Ms Wells said, "has been very good to me," a point echoed by other scholars who cited its research grants and peer-reviewed journal, Persuasions.
Which of these headlines strikes you as the most persuasive.
Scalia admits his argument isn't very persuasive.
Ben Roethlisberger's power of healing is often eclipsed only by his power of persuasion.
Successful leaders in the practice of law have developed analytical and persuasive skills.
Students who wrote most persuasively about the healing role of sports were given scholarships.
The Dangers of Persuasion by Personality.
Persuasion at the gates.

In science:

This terminology is common, but one can also argue persuasively (see [Law05]) that etcs is itself a set theory, meaning a theory about the behavior of sets.
Set theory for category theory
As you’ll see, although the referees felt that your comment raised potentially valid technical points, they did not find the development of those points sufficiently clear and persuasive to drive the debate forward and provide an enlightening discussion for the broad readership of Science.
Comments on "Remeasuring the Double Helix"
The Upstart Theory After all the mathematics, software development, prose revisions, and persuasion necessary to complete her theory and have the paper accepted, Sophie decides to reward herself by living the good life for a while.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
The statement of the theorem looks now very persuasive - the fraction of vertices that turn black in the 60-th step of the coloring process is lower than 10−8 .
Dynamic monopolies with randomized starting configuration
Persuasive argumentation for consumer health care is analysed in with the help of argumentation schemes.
Using Semantic Wikis for Structured Argument in Medical Domain