suasion

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n suasion the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communication intended to induce belief or action
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Suasion The act of persuading; persuasion; as, moral suasion .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n suasion The act or effort of persuading; the use of persuasive means or efforts: now chiefly in the phrase moral suasion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Suasion swā′zhun the act of persuading or advising: advice
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. suasio, fr. suadere, suasum, to advise, persuade, fr. suadus, persuading, persuasive; akin to suavis, sweet: cf. OF. suasion,. See Suave, and cf. Dissuade Persuade
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. suasiosuadēre, to advise.

Usage

In literature:

Were we to talk 'peace,' and use 'moral suasion' in the mouth of shotted cannon?
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 4, October, 1864" by Various
It took moral suasion to get the appointment.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
You must lay on the rod with a will, and throw "moral suasion" to the dogs.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847" by Various
Either they would have the workers give up all struggle and depend upon moral suasion, or they would have them riot.
"The Common Sense of Socialism" by John Spargo
Moral suasion and material compulsion are linked in its every act.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
There is also a method known as peaceful suasion.
"The Keepers of the King's Peace" by Edgar Wallace
He relies wholly on the bath cabinet and moral suasion.
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
She thinks moral suasion and generosity will do everything.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
As a matter of curiosity, I should like to know what their idea of this "moral suasion" is.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Moral suasion had been stretched to the limit.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
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In news:

Dillsburg-based Suasion Marketing and Communications was founded in 2008 by Victoria Lindstrom.
Suasion Marketing and Communications was founded in 2008 by Victoria Lindstrom.
Chabad emissaries usually associate Washington with their emphasis on education, but this year they got a taste of foreign policy suasion while handing out some, too.
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