- able, fitted, or intended to persuade: a very persuasive argument.
- something that persuades; inducement.
- having the power or ability to persuade; tending to persuadea persuasive salesman
adj.1580s, from Middle French persuasif, from Medieval Latin persuasivus, from Latin persuas-, past participle stem of persuadere “persuade, convince” (see persuasion). Related: Persuasively; persuasiveness. Replaced earlier persuasible in this sense (see persuadable).