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English noun: persuasion

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


Broader (hypernym)communicating, communication

Narrower (hyponym)arm-twisting, artillery, bell ringing, canvassing, electioneering, exhortation, incitement, line, prompting, proselytism, sloganeering, suggestion, weapon


2. persuasion (cognition) a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty

SamplesMy opinion differs from yours.
I am not of your persuasion.
What are your thoughts on Haiti?.

Synonymsopinion, sentiment, thought, view

Broader (hypernym)belief

Narrower (hyponym)eyes, idea, judgement, judgment, mind, parti pris, pole, political sympathies, politics, preconceived idea, preconceived notion, preconceived opinion, preconception, prepossession

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