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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"Sex and Persuasibility." Speech Monographs 30, 4 (1963):353-58.
Contrary to the findings that support a negative relationship, in 1955, McGuire and Ryan found a positive relationship between the variables of self-esteem and persuasibility (as cited in McGuire, 1999).
In all these studies it is seen that there exists no simple relationship between the self-esteem of the message recipient and persuasibility. The relationship remains somewhat ambiguous and the inconsistent findings have been explained on the basis of factors such as gender differences, the use of samples with a narrow range of self-esteem levels, the use of study designs that are insensitive to curvilinear shapes, and the masking of valid relations because of unmeasured target variables (Maile, 1977).
Given the lack of consensus in the literature on self-esteem and persuasibility, we argue that there is no simple effect of self-esteem on persuasibility.
In our study we aimed to broaden the existing literature by exploring the possible effects of distinct bases of self-esteem on persuasibility.
The results of our study supported the expectation that self-esteem and persuasibility do not have a simple relationship.
The bases of self-esteem were found to explain the relationship between self-esteem and persuasibility better than did the general self-esteem measure.
A further study using a different persuasive message, conducted with a more heterogeneous sample consisting of respondents coming from a broader range of age groups and social backgrounds would further clarify the relationships among self-esteem, message sidedness, and persuasibility.
Our study has added to the literature in that we examined message sidedness effects in relation to the link between self-esteem and persuasibility. Significant findings were revealed by our results indicating that self-esteem does not have a simple, direct effect on persuasibility.
Effects of manipulated self-esteem on persuasibility depending on threat and complexity of communication.
The apparent lack of self-esteem and persuasibility relationships.
Differential effect of ego threat upon persuasibility for high and low self-esteem subjects.