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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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The host of the ITV1 show said: "Some of them needed persuading.
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MANY years ago breweries decided that they could make massive profits by persuading people to stay at home and sit on their sofas drinking, rather than go to the pub.
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.
For Arafat was probably the only Palestinian of our time, given his historical and political stature, capable of persuading the Palestinians, or most of them, to accept the concessions necessary to achieve a two-state solution.
Students understand the objective of persuading their audience; however, they learn to negotiate their audience, to consider the social and cultural implications of their writing, even to the point that what they don't say is as important as what they do say.
Shepherd played a key role in persuading a schoolboy Wilkinson to join Newcastle Falcons, despite admitting to knowing nothing about rugby union.
Could we make a small start by persuading the highway authorities to include Liverpool on road signs in North Wales, and by persuading Wirral and Liverpool councils to include Welsh on the list of languages with which they greet visitors?
However, we were unsuccessful in persuading him to amend it further to match more closely the approach being considered by Congress, the SEC and the California Board of Accountancy.
TONIGHT'S programme examines the case of Eastbourne doctor John Bodkin Adams, who was accused of persuading wealthy patients to include him in their wills, then murdering them.
Not every cultural attache knew a great deal about the arts--sad but true--but Mason was already a well-known writer on dance, and he enthusiastically took on the job of persuading the American government to sponsor more and more dance in London and elsewhere.
Our position is to continue persuading the United States and persuading the European Union if necessary to seek a way that will enable everyone to participate,'' the top government spokesman said.