Definitions

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

  • n. Persuasion: moral suasion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of urging or influencing; persuasion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of persuading; persuasion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or effort of persuading; the use of persuasive means or efforts: now chiefly in the phrase moral suasion.

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

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

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin suāsiō, suāsiōn-, from suāsus, past participle of suādēre, to advise; see swād- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Sometimes, too, the central banks are able to exercise control by the specific exchange controls and by suasion, which is a very powerful weapon of the central banker over the commercial banks.

    International Credit on Capital Markets Now and in the Future

  • As an act of moral suasion, which is how I took it, President Obama's statement about "pursue every legal avenue" to prevent their payment is fine ...

    Blogrunner

  • For God did not employ an irresistible power by which he might prevent the bones of Christ from being broken by those who approached to break them; but by a mild kind of suasion, he caused that they should not will to break the bones of Christ, by an argument drawn from its inutility.

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 1

  • I suspect critics who see this as an assault on academic freedom and/or free speech see this as egregious owing to the fact that this was uttered from a place of power and privilege and "suasion".

    Progressive Bloggers

  • Actually, there is reason to think that the Iranian people are not monolithically anti-American, (remember there is a jewish component among them) and my Iranian friends (many of whom had family members who suffered at SAVAK's whim, when we had far more 'suasion' in their country) assure me that there is a strong pro-Ameerican sentiment, especially among the younger, more well-educated populace.

    Firedoglake

  • As an example, I favor outlawing infanticide; I favor the federalist conception, perhaps with some minimal restrictions by the federal govt. (e.g., with the federal govt. dictating to the states that no restrictions can be legislated against abortion during the first or second trimester); and generally favor moral suasion when it comes to abortion proper (in lieu of the coercive force of the legal system against abortions).

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The “Racist” Charge

  • Bernstein: ... he thinks that moral suasion, education, boycotts, and the like, are the best way to deal with most types of discrimination.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » So a Libertarian and a Liberal Walk into a Bar

  • Finally, he adds, he thinks that moral suasion, education, boycotts, and the like, are the best way to deal with most types of discrimination.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » So a Libertarian and a Liberal Walk into a Bar

  • I know that keeping the system of civil penalties instead of draconian criminal punishments will allow some discrimination to continue, but at some point, we just have to rely on moral suasion, education, boycotts, and thelike.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » So a Libertarian and a Liberal Walk into a Bar

  • And now we must summon all of our might and moral suasion to meet the challenges of a new age.

    Obama: President's Address on Afghanistan and Pakistan

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  • I understand fully the limits of moral suasion. We have no illusion that changes will come easily or soon. But I also believe that it is a mistake to undervalue the power of words and of the ideas that words embody. In our own history, that power has ranged from Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream."

    - Jimmy Carter, Notre Dame commencement speech, 5/22/1977

    January 8, 2008