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

  • adj. Tending or having the power to persuade: a persuasive argument.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. able to persuade; convincing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to persuade; having the power of persuading.
  • n. That which persuades; an inducement; an incitement; an exhortation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the power of persuading; tending to influence or win over the mind or will: as, persuasive eloquence; persuasive glances.
  • Synonyms Cogent, weighty,winning, moving. See convince.
  • n. That which persuades; an exhortation, incentive, or incitement.

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

  • adj. intended or having the power to induce action or belief

Etymologies

From Medieval Latin persuasivus, from Latin past participle stem of persuadere + -ivus (Wiktionary)

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