persuasive

If you are persuasive, then you have a knack for getting people to do things. Your most persuasive friend might be able to talk you into riding in a hot air balloon despite your fear of heights.

People can be persuasive by using emotion or logic. A persuasive encyclopedia salesman might lead you to believe you'll be a smarter person with your own complete set of reference books. Temptations can also be persuasive. If your mom offers you ten dollars to walk her dog, you might find her offer very persuasive. Persuasive can be tricky to spell — remember that the u sounds like a w.

Definitions of persuasive
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adj intended or having the power to induce action or belief

persuasive eloquence”
“a most persuasive speaker”
“a persuasive argument”
Synonyms:
convincing
causing one to believe the truth of something
coaxing, ingratiatory
pleasingly persuasive or intended to persuade
cogent, telling, weighty
powerfully persuasive
compelling
tending to persuade by forcefulness of argument
glib, glib-tongued, smooth-tongued
artfully persuasive in speech
Antonyms:
dissuasive
deterring from action
discouraging
depriving of confidence or hope or enthusiasm and hence often deterring action
admonitory, cautionary, exemplary, monitory, warning
serving to warn
discouraging
expressing disapproval
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