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PERSUA'DE, v.t. [L. persuadeo; per and suadeo, to urge or incite.]

1. To influence by argument, advice, intreaty or expostulation; to draw or incline the will to a determination by presenting motives to the mind.

I should be glad, if I could persuade him to write such another critick on any thing of mine.

Almost thou persuadest me to be a christian. Acts.26.

2. To convince by argument, or reasons offered; or to convince by reasons suggested by reflection or deliberation, or by evidence presented in any manner to the mind.

Beloved, we are persuaded better things of you. Heb.6.

3. To inculcate by argument or expostulation. [Little used.]

4. To treat by persuasion. [Not in use.]



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PERSUA'DE, v.t. [L. persuadeo; per and suadeo, to urge or incite.]

1. To influence by argument, advice, intreaty or expostulation; to draw or incline the will to a determination by presenting motives to the mind.

I should be glad, if I could persuade him to write such another critick on any thing of mine.

Almost thou persuadest me to be a christian. Acts.26.

2. To convince by argument, or reasons offered; or to convince by reasons suggested by reflection or deliberation, or by evidence presented in any manner to the mind.

Beloved, we are persuaded better things of you. Heb.6.

3. To inculcate by argument or expostulation. [Little used.]

4. To treat by persuasion. [Not in use.]

PER-SUADE', v.t. [L. persuadeo; per and suadeo, to urge or incite.]

  1. To influence by argument, advice, intreaty or expostulation; to draw or incline the will to a determination by presenting motives to the mind. I should be glad, if I could persuade him to write such another critic on any thing of mine. – Dryden. Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. – Acts xxv.
  2. To convince by argument, or reasons offered; or to convince by reasons suggested by reflection or deliberation, or by evidence presented in any manner to the mind. Beloved, we ere persuaded better things of you. – Heb. vi.
  3. To inculcate by argument or expostulation. [Little used.] – Taylor.
  4. To treat by persuasion. [Not in use.] – Shak.

Per*suade"
  1. To influence or gain over by argument, advice, entreaty, expostulation, etc.; to draw or incline to a determination by presenting sufficient motives.

    Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. Acts xxvi. 28.

    We will persuade him, be it possible. Shak.

  2. To use persuasion; to plead; to prevail by persuasion.

    Shak.
  3. Persuasion.

    [Obs.] Beau. *** Fl.
  4. To try to influence.

    [Obsolescent]

    Hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you. 2 Kings xviii. 32.

  5. To convince by argument, or by reasons offered or suggested from reflection, etc.; to cause to believe.

    Beloved, we are persuaded better things of you. Heb. vi. 9.

  6. To inculcate by argument or expostulation; to advise; to recommend.

    Jer. Taylor.

    Syn. -- To convince; induce; prevail on; win over; allure; entice. See Convince.

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Persuade

PERSUA'DE, verb transitive [Latin persuadeo; per and suadeo, to urge or incite.]

1. To influence by argument, advice, intreaty or expostulation; to draw or incline the will to a determination by presenting motives to the mind.

I should be glad, if I could persuade him to write such another critick on any thing of mine.

Almost thou persuadest me to be a christian. Acts 26:26.

2. To convince by argument, or reasons offered; or to convince by reasons suggested by reflection or deliberation, or by evidence presented in any manner to the mind.

Beloved, we are persuaded better things of you. Hebrews 6:9.

3. To inculcate by argument or expostulation. [Little used.]

4. To treat by persuasion. [Not in use.]

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