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Pronunciation:  pur'sweyzhun

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  1. [n]  inducement by argument or reasoning or entreaty
  2. [n]  a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty; "my opinion differs from yours"; "what are your thoughts on Haiti?"
  3. [n]  the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communicatioon intended to induce belief

PERSUASION is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: opinion, sentiment, suasion, thought, view
 Antonyms: dissuasion
 See Also: artillery, belief, bell ringing, canvassing, communicating, communication, dissuasion, electioneering, exhortation, eyes, idea, incitement, influence, judgement, judgment, mind, parti pris, pole, political sympathies, politics, preconceived idea, preconceived notion, preconceived opinion, preconception, prepossession, prompting, proselytism, sloganeering, suggestion, weapon



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Per*sua"sion\, n. [L. persuasio; Cf. F. persuasion.]
1. The act of persuading; the act of influencing the mind by
   arguments or reasons offered, or by anything that moves
   the mind or passions, or inclines the will to a

         For thou hast all the arts of fine persuasion.

2. The state of being persuaded or convinced; settled opinion
   or conviction, which has been induced.

         If the general persuasion of all men does so account
         it.                                   --Hooker.

         My firm persuasion is, at least sometimes, That
         Heaven will weigh man's virtues and his crimes With
         nice attention.                       --Cowper.

3. A creed or belief; a sect or party adhering to a certain
   creed or system of opinions; as, of the same persuasion;
   all persuasions are agreed.

         Of whatever state or persuasion, religious or
         political.                            --Jefferson.

4. The power or quality of persuading; persuasiveness.

         Is 't possible that my deserts to you Can lack
         persuasion?                           --Shak.

5. That which persuades; a persuasive. [R.]

Syn: See {Conviction}.

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