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v. coaxed, coax·ing, coax·es
1. To persuade or try to persuade by pleading or flattery; cajole.
2. To obtain by persistent persuasion: coaxed the secret out of the child.
3. Obsolete To caress; fondle.
4. To move to or adjust toward a desired end: "A far more promising approach to treating advanced melanoma is to coax the immune system to recognize melanoma cells as deadly" (Natalie Angier).
To use persuasion or inducement.
[Obsolete cokes, to fool, from cokes, fool.]
co·ax 2(kō′ăks, kō-ăks′)
A coaxial cable.
the act of persuading by tenderness, flattery, pleading, etc
serving to persuade or manipulate
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|Noun||1.||coaxing - flattery designed to gain favor |
flattery - excessive or insincere praise
|Adj.||1.||coaxing - pleasingly persuasive or intended to persuade; "a coaxing and obsequious voice"; "her manner is quiet and ingratiatory and a little too agreeable"|
persuasive - intended or having the power to induce action or belief; "persuasive eloquence"; "a most persuasive speaker"; "a persuasive argument"