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persuasive (adj.)

"having the power of persuading," 1580s, from French persuasif, from Medieval Latin persuasivus, from Latin persuas-, past-participle stem of persuadere "persuade, convince" (see persuasion). Related: Persuasively; persuasiveness. Replaced earlier persuasible in this sense (see persuadable).

updated on December 07, 2020

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Definitions of persuasive from WordNet

persuasive (adj.)
intended or having the power to induce action or belief;
a persuasive argument
a most persuasive speaker
persuasive eloquence
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