Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Soothing; calming.

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  • adj. mild, soothing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Mitigating; tranquilizing; soothing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Softening; mitigating; tranquilizing; soothing.
  • n. A soothing medicine or application.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. freeing from fear and anxiety

Etymologies

ad- + suasive (sense influenced by assuage).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I have to say, after all the years of listening to this guy on the radio cutting other people to shreds with ridicule and condescension, there is something particularly assuasive about radio shock jock Don Imus playing the supplicant:

    From On High

  • The intuition that came to him then was assuasive and confidential.

    Heaven Lake

  • If chemists have identified substances that have fallen in Europe as sand from African deserts, swept up in African whirlwinds, that's assuasive to all the irritations that occur to those cloistered minds that must repose in the concept of a snug, isolated, little world, free from contact with cosmic wickednesses, safe from stellar guile, undisturbed by inter-planetary prowlings and invasions.

    The Book of the Damned

  • In Parts of Humour, too, she had a manner of blending her assuasive Softness even with the Gay, the Lively, and the Alluring.

    An Apology for the Life of Mr. Colley Cibber, Volume I

  • Perhaps, 'said Bounderby, staring with all his might at his so quiet and assuasive father-in-law,' you know where your daughter is at the present time! '

    Hard Times

  • In his new position John is apt "to go in shaller cracks all over," unless his feminine trainer has been judicious in the use of lubricants -- assuasive and dissuasive.

    The Secret of a Happy Home (1896)

  • Wounds were to be healed which required the assuasive hand of time, which were destined to rankle even in the bosoms of another generation, and the painful memory of which is keenly treasured even now.

    The Life of Francis Marion

  • The medicine, whatever it might be, had the merit, rare in doctor's stuff, of being pleasant to take, assuasive of thirst, and imbued with a hardly perceptible fragrance, that was so ethereal that it also seemed to enter into his dream and modify it.

    Doctor Grimshawe's Secret — a Romance

  • “Say not so,” replied Miriam; “but rather exert the firmness of your spirit, and subdue a predilection, which it is your duty and interest to repress, and which must yield at length to the assuasive influence of time.”

    A Peep at the Pilgrims in Sixteen Hundred Thirty-Six

  • For in what consists our sympathy with the miseries or with the joys of our fellow creatures, but in an involuntary excitation of ideas in some measure similar or imitative of those which we believe to exist in the minds of the persons whom we commiserate or congratulate! p. O'er the thrill'd frame his words assuasive steal,

    Canto III

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