Meaning of persuasion


Persuasion is something meant to get you to do or believe something. If you’re not sure you want to go somewhere, your friend might use persuasion to talk you into it.

Being of a certain persuasion or belief, means you already have your mind made up, as a person who is of the Democratic persuasion or the Lutheran persuasion. Another meaning for persuasion is the act of influencing someone to do something or to change their mind. For example, good salespeople use persuasion to get people to buy things, just as children use persuasion to get permission to do certain things.

Definitions of persuasion
  1. noun

    the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communication intended to induce belief or action



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    persuading not to do or believe something; talking someone out of a belief or an intended course of action

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    persuasive but insincere talk that is usually intended to deceive or impress

    persuasion by the use of direct personal pressure
    bell ringing, canvassing, electioneering

    persuasion of voters in a political campaign
    exhortation, incitement

    the act of exhorting; an earnest attempt at persuasion

    the practice of proselytizing

    persuasion by means of empty slogans
    prompting, suggestion

    persuasion formulated as a suggestion
    artillery, weapon

    a means of persuading or arguing
    pep talk

    a speech of exhortation attempting to instill enthusiasm and determination in a team or staff
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    communicating, communication

    the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information

  2. noun

    a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty

    “I am not of your

    opinion, reckoning, sentiment, thought, view

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    a personal view
    judgement, judgment, mind

    an opinion formed by judging something

    opinion or judgment
    parti pris, preconceived idea, preconceived notion, preconceived opinion, preconception, prepossession

    an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence

    one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions
    political sympathies, politics

    the opinion you hold with respect to political questions
    conclusion, decision, determination

    a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration
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    any cognitive content held as true

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