Definition of persuasion in English:

persuasion

Line breaks: per|sua¦sion
Pronunciation: /pəˈsweɪʒ(ə)n
 
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noun

1 [mass noun] The action or process of persuading someone or of being persuaded to do or believe something: Monica needed plenty of persuasion before she actually left
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  • 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.
Synonyms
2A belief or set of beliefs, especially religious or political ones: writers of all political persuasions
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  • 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.
Synonyms
belief, opinion, conviction, faith, certainty, certitude, view
2.1A group or sect holding a particular religious belief: the village had two chapels for those of the Primitive Methodist persuasion
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  • 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.
Synonyms
group, grouping, sect, denomination, party, camp, side, faction, religion, cult, affiliation, school of thought, belief, creed, credo, faith, philosophy
2.2 humorous Sort, kind, or nature: half a dozen gents of British persuasion
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  • Many people of a bohemian persuasion passed through her living room, from artists to drug addicts, not that those classifications were mutually exclusive.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin persuasio(n-), from the verb persuadere (see persuade).

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