(?), n. [L. persuasio; Cf. F. persuasion.] 1. The act of persuading; the act of influencing the mind by arguments or reasons offered, or by anything that moves the mind or passions, or inclines the will to a determination.
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For thou hast all the arts of fine persuasion.
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2. The state of being persuaded or convinced; settled opinion or conviction, which has been induced.
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If the general persuasion of all men does so account it.
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My firm persuasion is, at least sometimes,
That Heaven will weigh man's virtues and his crimes
With nice attention.
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3. A creed or belief; a sect or party adhering to a certain creed or system of opinions; as, of the same persuasion; all persuasions are agreed.
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Of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.
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4. The power or quality of persuading; persuasiveness.
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Is 't possible that my deserts to you
Can lack persuasion?
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5. That which persuades; a persuasive. [R.]
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Syn. -- See Conviction.
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