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
  1. noun
    the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communication intended to induce belief or action
    synonyms: suasion
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    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
    (rhetoric) a method or mode of persuasion
    pep talk
    a speech of exhortation attempting to instill enthusiasm and determination in a team or staff
    type of:
    communicating, communication
    the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information
  2. noun
    a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty
    “I am not of your persuasion
    synonyms: 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, verdict
    a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration
    type of:
    any cognitive content held as true
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