Someone or something that is persuasive is likely to persuade a person to believe or do a particular thing.

What do you think were some of the more persuasive arguments on the other side?...

I can be very persuasive when I want to be...

Michael Grade's persuasive powers overcame their objections.

Derived words:
persuasively ADV-GRADED ADV with v

...a trained lawyer who can present arguments persuasively.

persuasiveness N-UNCOUNT

He was convinced that his eloquence and persuasiveness would tip them into supporting him.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • Persuasive — Per*sua sive, a. [Cf. F. persuasif.] Tending to persuade; having the power of persuading; as, persuasive eloquence. Persuasive words. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Persuasive — Per*sua sive, n. That which persuades; an inducement; an incitement; an exhortation. {Per*sua sive*ly}, adv. {Per*sua sive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • persuasive — 1580s, from M.L. persuasivus, from L. persuas , pp. stem of persuadere (see PERSUASION (Cf. persuasion)). Related: Persuasively; persuasiveness …   Etymology dictionary

  • persuasive — [adj] effective, influential actuating, alluring, cogent, compelling, conclusive, convictive, convincing, credible, effectual, efficacious, efficient, eloquent, energetic, enticing, forceful, forcible, impelling, impressive, inducing, inspiring,… …   New thesaurus

  • persuasive — oraison …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • persuasive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) good at persuading someone to do or believe something. 2) providing sound reasoning or argument. DERIVATIVES persuasively adverb persuasiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • persuasive — [pər swā′siv] adj. [Fr persuasif < ML persuasivus < L persuasus, pp. of persuadere] having the power, or tending, to persuade persuasively adv. persuasiveness n …   English World dictionary

  • persuasive — adj. VERBS ▪ be, prove, seem, sound ▪ Her arguments proved persuasive to the court judges. ▪ find sth ▪ make sth …   Collocations dictionary

  • persuasive — ● persuasif, persuasive adjectif (bas latin persuasivus) Qui a le pouvoir de persuader : Une plaidoirie persuasive. ● persuasif, persuasive (synonymes) adjectif (bas latin persuasivus) Qui a le pouvoir de persuader Synonymes …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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