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persuade

verb actuate, advise, align, bend to one's will, blandish, bring a person to his senses, bring around, bring over, bring to reason, cajole, coax, compel, convert, convince, counsel, enlist, exercise influence, exert influunce, exhort, gain the confidence of, impel, importune, impress, indoctrinate, induce, influence, inveigle, lead, lead to believe, lure, make one's point, make oneself felt, motivate, move, prevail upon, prompt, propagandize, proselyte, proselytize, rouse, satisfy by evidence, satisfy by proof, seduce, sell, suborn, sway, urge, win over, woo
See also: activate, agitate, assure, bait, coax, convince, counsel, exhort, incite, induce, influence, inspire, inveigle, lobby, lure, motivate, prejudice, pressure, prevail upon, prompt, reason, recommend, urge

TO PERSUADE, PERSUADING. To persuade is to induce to act: persuading is inducing others to act. Inst. 4, 6, 23; Dig. 11, 3, 1, 5.
     2. In the act of the legislature which declared that "if any person or persons knowingly and willingly shall aid or assist any enemies at open war with this state, &c. by persuading others to enlist for that purpose, &c., he shall be adjudged guilty of high treason;" the word persuading, thus used; means to succeed: and there must be an actual enlistment, of the person persuaded in order to bring the, defendant within the intention of the clause. 1 Dall. R. 39; Carr. Crim. L 237; 4 Car. & Payne, 369 S. C. 1 9 E. C L. R. 425; 9 Car. & P. 79; and article Administering; vide 2 Lord Raym. 889. It may be fairly argued, however, that the attempt to persuade without success would be a misdemeanor. 1 Russ. on Cr. 44.
     3. In England it has been decided, that to incite and procure a person to commit suicide, is not a crime for which the party could be tried. 9 C. & P. 79; 38 E. C. L. R. 42; M. C. C. 356. Vide Attempt; Solicitation.

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And when he learnt about this he was really enthusiastic and tried to persuade the Welsh government to do the same thing.
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Rather, it appeared to apply a similar but not well-defined standard from an earlier Eighth Circuit case that gives revenue rulings some evidentiary weight if they are able to persuade the court based on their technical analyses; see generally Keller, 725 F2d 1173 (8th Cir.
Persuading Shearer to play on has become increasingly important with Craig Bellamy seemingly having no future on Tyneside and Patrick Kluivert yet to persuade the manager the two-year option on his contract should be taken up.
When brainstorming ways to persuade others rationally, students quickly list various kinds of evidence.
How did Germany try to persuade Mexico to enter the war in 1917?
A case study of the Southeast Education Task Force in Baltimore, Maryland, analyzed the organization's efforts to develop a school facility plan and to persuade the school system to adopt and implement it.
Here's another great example: Go out on a limb on a nongay topic, alienate large numbers of people you need to persuade, divide the gay population unnecessarily, and devote energy and resources to a subject far, far away from the issue of gay equality.
General Synod, in other words, has either failed to get itself heard or failed to persuade rank-and-file church members of the legitimacy of its positions on residential schools.
They told her to seek out the dauphin, as Charles VII was referred to, and to persuade him to let her lead his armies against the English at Orleans, where she would be victorious.
If you want your reader to act on your message, then you are probably writing to persuade.