American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Soothing; calming.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Softening; mitigating; tranquilizing; soothing.
- n. A soothing medicine or application.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. rare Mitigating; tranquilizing; soothing.
- adj. freeing from fear and anxiety
- ad- + suasive (sense influenced by assuage). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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:”
“The intuition that came to him then was assuasive and confidential.”
“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.”
“In Parts of Humour, too, she had a manner of blending her assuasive Softness even with the Gay, the Lively, and the Alluring.”
“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! ”
“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.”
“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 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.”
““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.””
“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,”
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