Adjective "persuasive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Good at persuading someone to do or believe something through reasoning or the use of temptation.
  1. 'They believe that praising the world's most powerful men is more persuasive than criticising them.'
  2. 'The situation here makes it no longer possible for them to be persuasive or demanding of anything.'
  3. 'The more people who voice their support, the more persuasive we will be.'
  4. 'It is never particularly persuasive to address believers as if they are idiots in need of education.'
  5. 'The rules cannot govern the meaning of the primary legislation but they have persuasive effect.'
  6. 'Its persuasive powers are limited to encouraging buyers to test new products.'
  7. 'The judgment is not binding on the Irish courts, but will have persuasive influence.'
  8. 'Good writing is therefore very much to do with developing your style so that it is persuasive and convincing.'
  9. 'If one plot line is potentially chilling, the other is decreasingly persuasive.'
  10. 'He is very persuasive, he networks better than most and he has great communication skills.'


1. able, fitted, or intended to persuade: a very persuasive argument. noun

2. something that persuades; inducement.

More examples(as adjective)

"songs can be persuasive in expressions."

"reasonings can be persuasive of views."

"people can be persuasive in things."

"people can be persuasive as people."

"media can be persuasive as messages."

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