Definition of suasion in English:


Line breaks: sua|sion
Pronunciation: /ˈsweɪʒ(ə)n


[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
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    • 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.


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

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