verb (used with object), per·suad·ed, per·suad·ing.

  1. to prevail on (a person) to do something, as by advising or urging: We could not persuade him to wait.
  2. to induce to believe by appealing to reason or understanding; convince: to persuade the judge of the prisoner’s innocence.


  1. not having been induced, urged, or prevailed upon successfully

verb (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)

  1. to induce, urge, or prevail upon successfullyhe finally persuaded them to buy it
  2. to cause to believe; convinceeven with the evidence, the police were not persuaded

v.1510s, from Middle French persuader (14c.), from Latin persuadere “to bring over by talking,” (see persuasion). Related: Persuaded; persuading.

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