From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpersuasionper‧sua‧sion /pəˈsweɪʒən $ pər-/ ●○○ noun 1 PERSUADE[uncountable] the act of persuading someone to do something After a little gentle persuasion, Debbie agreed to let us in. It had taken a great deal of persuasion to get him to accept. She used all her powers of persuasion (=skill at persuading people) to convince Tilly that it was the right thing to do.2 [countable] formalBELIEVE a particular type of belief, especially a political or religious onepolitical/religious persuasion We need people with talent, whatever their political persuasions. politicians of all persuasions3 → of the ... persuasion
Examples from the Corpuspersuasion• For Athenian citizens at least, theirs was a society governed by persuasion and consensus as opposed to force and coercion.• Until the law was passed, the agency could only use gentle persuasion to get industries to reduce waste.• And this will take much time and much persuasion.• Jealous cultural ministers from other lands wonder what nefarious persuasions he used.• He might still have loved her and been capable of persuasion.• It took a lot of persuasion to get Dad to agree to the idea.• The Republican leader used every means of persuasion to get senators to vote against the bill.• The fate of the bill in Congress will depend on Brady's powers of persuasion.• people of all political persuasions• We are young and old, black and white, from every socioeconomic class and political persuasion.• Movement leadership requires persuasion, not giving orders.• This view, indeed, is shared with scholars of many political and sociological persuasions.• They hope to end the conflict using persuasion rather than threats.gentle persuasion• We believe it will take more than just gentle persuasion to bring an end to over-specification and waste.• The first victim was packaging buyer, , who agreed, after a little gentle persuasion, to be covered with foam.• Into Water I believe that to conquer fear of water, gentle persuasion is the best tack.political/religious persuasion• He prides himself on his ability to get along with people of all political persuasions.• We are young and old, black and white, from every socioeconomic class and political persuasion.• This taking into municipal ownership of a variety of undertakings had various aims for those of differing political persuasions.• In the electronic republic, political manipulation is the other side of the coin of effective political persuasion.• And that morning he had used every ounce of political persuasion and outright muscle to twist his colleagues into agreement.• Try problems involving differences in gender, race, religion, political persuasion, national identity, or the like..• Reducing waiting lists is at the top of all politicians' political agendas, regardless of their political persuasion.• For a party, a layer cake can be iced and decorated to fit the occasion, or according to your political persuasion.