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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.]
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a rare word for persuasion
[C14: from Latin suāsiō, from suādēre to persuade]
ˈsuasive adj
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(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.
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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"
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[ˈsweɪʒən] N (= liter) → persuasión f
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For it could not help bringing up the un- get-aroundable fact that, all gentle cant and philoso- phizing to the contrary notwithstanding, no people in the world ever did achieve their freedom by goody- goody talk and moral suasion: it being immutable law that all revolutions that will succeed must BEGIN in blood, whatever may answer afterward.
One of the forms of moral suasion by which Pharaoh was besought to favor the Israelities was a plague of frogs, but Pharaoh, who liked them fricasees , remarked, with truly oriental stoicism, that he could stand it as long as the frogs and the Jews could; so the programme was changed.
Grimshaw, whose seat in the sternsheets was none of the best, grasped the situation simultaneously with Daughtry, and, with a quick upstanding, and hooking out-reach of hand, caught the fat pawn-broker around the back of the neck, and with anything but gentle suasion jerked him half into the air and flung him face downward on the bottom boards. was designed by Suasion Communications Group, which has offices in Somers Point and Haddonfield.View the full article from NJBIZ at
'We all have to base our judgment on national interest, not on just popularity or suasion,' said Gordon, adding, 'we have to decide what is best for the nation like a good father of a family.'
If respect for America's dominance in world affairs, based in large part on moral suasion, diminishes too much, China and Russia will rush in to fill the gap, and American military might won't be enough to stop them.
On the occasion Chairman FBR Tariq Mehmood Pash apprised that moral suasion has been the hallmark of FBR's drive to encourage people to declare their assets at home and abroad and contribute to the national exchequer.
Most important he said was to focus on further enhancing the tax base through administrative measures as well as moral suasion.
Each country has until November to come up with its own supposedly "concrete" plans, but there is nothing to enforce their implementation except the moral suasion of other members.
Generally our gold is only moral suasion, very seldom we forcibly take away the gold and realise the gold.
Attempts to wish away Asian demand for wildlife products through moral suasion, punitive regulation and bans have failed.
Pushing "reform" meant not Whiggish "suasion" (for, say, temperance), but advocating free land, regulating monopolies, and limiting the spoils system.