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persuasive Syllabification: per·sua·sive
Pronunciation: /pərˈswāsiv/

Definition of persuasive in English:


Good at persuading someone to do or believe something through reasoning or the use of temptation: an informative and persuasive speech
More example sentences
  • Instead of sounding forceful and persuasive, he often sounds tinny and annoyed.
  • They believe that praising the world's most powerful men is more persuasive than criticising them.
  • Good writing is therefore very much to do with developing your style so that it is persuasive and convincing.
convincing, cogent, compelling, potent, forceful, powerful, impactful, eloquent, impressive, influential, sound, valid, strong, effective, winning, telling;
plausible, credible


Late 15th century: from French persuasif, -ive or medieval Latin persuasivus, from persuas- 'convinced by reasoning', from the verb persuadere (see persuade).



Example sentences
  • And, on life and death issues, no one has argued more persuasively or to greater effect.
  • She persuasively added: ‘Fragrance is a necessity on days you don't have time to shower.’
  • He then proceeded, with carefully chosen facts and figures, to argue quite persuasively that all of these fears are ungrounded.


Example sentences
  • Her avoidance of traditionalist rhetoric and assumptions strengthens her persuasiveness, but there is room for ingenuity.
  • He has a mild, retiring manner but he speaks with great clarity and persuasiveness.
  • Research shows that three characteristics are related to persuasiveness: perceived authority, honesty, and likeability.

Words that rhyme with persuasive

abrasive, evasive, invasive, pervasive

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