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Persuasion: moral suasion.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin suāsiō, suāsiōn-, from suāsus, past participle of suādēre, to advise; see swād- in Indo-European roots.]


a rare word for persuasion
[C14: from Latin suāsiō, from suādēre to persuade]
ˈsuasive adj


(ˈsweɪ ʒən)

the act of attempting to persuade; persuasion.
[1325–75; Middle English < Latin suāsiō=suād(ēre) to advise + -tiō -tion]
sua′sive (-sɪv) adj.
sua′sive•ly, adv.
sua′sive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.suasion - the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade)suasion - the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communication intended to induce belief or action
communicating, communication - the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information; "they could not act without official communication from Moscow"
line - persuasive but insincere talk that is usually intended to deceive or impress; "`let me show you my etchings' is a rather worn line"; "he has a smooth line but I didn't fall for it"; "that salesman must have practiced his fast line of talk"
arm-twisting - persuasion by the use of direct personal pressure; "some gentle arm-twisting produced the desired result"; "no amount of arm-twisting will get me to agree"
canvassing, electioneering, bell ringing - persuasion of voters in a political campaign
exhortation, incitement - the act of exhorting; an earnest attempt at persuasion
proselytism - the practice of proselytizing
sloganeering - persuasion by means of empty slogans
prompting, suggestion - persuasion formulated as a suggestion
weapon, artillery - a means of persuading or arguing; "he used all his conversational weapons"


[ˈsweɪʒən] N (= liter) → persuasión f
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One of the forms of moral suasion by which Pharaoh was
Most important he said was to focus on further enhancing the tax base through administrative measures as well as moral suasion.
Krugman is now suggesting be done, and it was undone through political-economic power relations, not intellectual suasion.
Further, Morris analyzes how Oberlinites rose to prominence in the national antislavery movement by pioneering a "practical abolitionism" that combined political activism, moral suasion, and civil disobedience.
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The president gave a pitch-perfect, note-perfect performance--one for the history books, one for the ages, one that people will study as a masterpiece of artful theater combined with rhetorical suasion, weaving together so many disparate cultural threads, making of them a tapestry that both maps where we are and shows where we need to go.
But even after all her seasoning as a senator and secretary of state, even after all her enthusiastic suasion on the president's trade bill, she can't face up to hard truths on trade.
This latter goal would require a combination of military pressure, suasion and diplomacy of heroic scale.
He and Delany were eager to use The North Star to promote moral suasion as the means of eradicating Black poverty and "moral decadence.
Speculation has been going on for months over who will succeed him in an office which has wide but loosely defined powers that range from naming prime ministers and vetoing laws to exercising moral suasion over government policy.
The lobbying effort for temporary work visas restricted to high-skilled workers reflects what Bruce Yandle called a "bootlegger and Baptist" dynamic, whereby pecuniary interest (the "bootlegger") combined with moral suasion ("the Baptist") achieves a jointly desired policy outcome (Yandle was referring to the strange bedfellows that supported blue laws).