persuasive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French persuasif, from Medieval Latin persuāsīvus, from Latin past participle stem of persuādēre + -īvus

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pə(ɹ)ˈsweɪsɪv/
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Adjective[edit]

persuasive (comparative more persuasive, superlative most persuasive)

  1. able to persuade; convincing
    • 2020 December 2, Andy Byford talks to Paul Clifton, “I enjoy really big challenges...”, in Rail, page 55:
      But I'm pretty persuasive, and I've learned how elected officials think. I know how to press their buttons.

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Noun[edit]

persuasive (plural persuasives)

  1. That which persuades; incitement.
    • 1839, George Robert Gleig, Germany, Bohemia, and Hungary: Visited in 1837 (volume 1, page 68)
      He smiled a very knowing smile, and setting up a halloo, and shaking his leathern thong, away we went at the rate of seven or eight miles an hour. I had no occasion to go further with my persuasives; the pace was kept up, []

French[edit]

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persuasive

  1. feminine singular of persuasif

German[edit]

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persuasive

  1. inflection of persuasiv:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

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Adjective[edit]

persuasive

  1. feminine plural of persuasivo