Definition of suasion in English:

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suasion

Pronunciation: /ˈsweɪʒ(ə)n/

noun

[mass noun] formal
Persuasion as opposed to force or compulsion: the clearing banks found the use of both moral suasion and direct controls particularly irksome
More example sentences
  • We wait like small children to see if an aging Ayatollah will decide to evict us by force or moral suasion.
  • We of all people ought to be able to tell the difference between moral suasion and compulsion.
  • The best we can do is to use moral suasion and seek to persuade the U.S. from its chosen path.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin suasio(n-), from suadere 'to urge'.

Words that rhyme with suasion

abrasion, Australasian, equation, Eurasian, evasion, invasion, occasion, persuasion, pervasion, Vespasian

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