- 1The action or fact of persuading someone or of being persuaded to do or believe something: Monica needed plenty of persuasion before she actually leftMore example sentences
- They pay special attention to the way social responsibilities are fostered by informal communal processes of persuasion and peer pressure.
- If this means that the professor is open to persuasion, I certainly hope to persuade him.
- Some urged caution, apparently believing that this government is open to persuasion.
- 2A belief or set of beliefs, especially religious or political ones: writers of all political persuasionsMore example sentences
- Whatever sexual, ethical, religious and political persuasions a person comes from, it can only be good to give all people a great welcome to Scotland.
- Friends of mine are displaying the peace flags no matter what their religious inclinations or political persuasions.
- Throughout his life, he gained and retained the friendship and respect of men of the most diverse political and religious persuasions.
- 2.1A group or sect holding a particular religious belief: the village had two chapels for those of the Methodist persuasionMore example sentences
- The temple is the most sacred site in Nepal, widely venerated by members of at least four major sectarian Buddhist persuasions, each with distinct ethnic and caste affiliations.
- Israeli Jews will then have emancipated themselves at last, becoming citizens of Israel - of the Mosaic persuasion.
- I am in the midst of a theological dilemma which, given my atheist persuasion, feels rather uncomfortable.
- 2.2 • humorous Any group or type of person or thing linked by a specified characteristic, quality, or attribute: an ancient gas oven of the enamel persuasionMore example sentences
- Pictured on the poster was a collared clergyperson of the female persuasion.
- In fact, over the years, trade unionists of different persuasions have criticised the Labour Court for reaching verdicts they believed too favourable to employers.
- Taken together, adherents of these two scholarly persuasions constituted a powerful, ideologically driven interest group.
late Middle English: from Latin persuasio(n-), from the verb persuadere (see persuade).