Persuasion is something meant to get you to do or believe something. If you’re not sure you want to go somewhere, your friend might use persuasion to talk you into it.

Being of a certain persuasion or belief, means you already have your mind made up, as a person who is of the Democratic persuasion or the Lutheran persuasion. Another meaning for persuasion is the act of influencing someone to do something or to change their mind. For example, good salespeople use persuasion to get people to buy things, just as children use persuasion to get permission to do certain things.

Definitions of persuasion

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

persuading not to do or believe something; talking someone out of a belief or an intended course of action
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persuasive but insincere talk that is usually intended to deceive or impress
persuasion by the use of direct personal pressure
bell ringing, canvassing, electioneering
persuasion of voters in a political campaign
exhortation, incitement
the act of exhorting; an earnest attempt at persuasion
the practice of proselytizing
persuasion by means of empty slogans
prompting, suggestion
persuasion formulated as a suggestion
artillery, weapon
a means of persuading or arguing
pep talk
a speech of exhortation attempting to instill enthusiasm and determination in a team or staff
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communicating, communication
the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information

n a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty

“I am not of your persuasion
opinion, reckoning, sentiment, thought, view
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a personal view
judgement, judgment, mind
an opinion formed by judging something
opinion or judgment
parti pris, preconceived idea, preconceived notion, preconceived opinion, preconception, prepossession
an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence
one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions
political sympathies, politics
the opinion you hold with respect to political questions
conclusion, decision, determination
a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration
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any cognitive content held as true

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