Meaning of suasion in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsweɪʒn/


mass noun formal
  • Persuasion as opposed to force or compulsion.

    ‘the clearing banks found the use of both moral suasion and direct controls particularly irksome’
    • ‘We wait like small children to see if an aging Ayatollah will decide to evict us by force or moral suasion.’
    • ‘We of all people ought to be able to tell the difference between moral suasion and compulsion.’
    • ‘The best we can do is to use moral suasion and seek to persuade the U.S. from its chosen path.’
    • ‘The U.S. could use moral and political suasion to encourage American companies to cut links to Rangoon.’
    • ‘They ought to be decided by school administrators, subject to moral suasion by parents and by the public, not by courts.’
    • ‘We're looking for moral suasion so that people are encouraged to respect the national anthem.’
    • ‘Much evidence indicates that these changes in the lives of aristocratic women arose from a combination of moral suasion, public pressure, and political strategizing.’
    • ‘Would it not have been better to allow internal reform, political evolution, and moral suasion combined with unfettered commerce to work change?’
    • ‘Perhaps it was awareness of the complicated reality that made brotherhood and women's auxiliary leaders understand that moral suasion was not enough to maintain sober railwaymen.’
    • ‘Another possible explanation for the failure of nominal rates to rise is the wartime moral suasion by the U.S. government described above.’
    • ‘Aspects of the society may not be moral and individualist feminists may use education, protest, boycott, and moral suasion - the whole slate of persuasive strategies - to affect change.’
    • ‘Any sort of ‘conversion’ happens through a complex and mysterious combination of rational argument, moral suasion, aesthetic appeal, and gut intuition.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, it is said that the ministry intends to use moral suasion, in the first place, to get absentee teachers to mend their ways, and then disciplinary measures.’
    • ‘Rogue states are, by definition, impervious to moral suasion.’
    • ‘Moral suasion by the private sector in getting their members to pay up their taxes is another way of helping to ease the cash crunch of the state.’
    • ‘As a group, private-sector actors would seem more amenable to moral suasion than are either state leaders or guerillas.’
    • ‘It makes more sense for Jospin simply to voice the warning and rely on the government's powers of moral suasion.’
    • ‘The tactics of social movements, too, may vary, ranging from moral suasion to civil disobedience, from demonstrations to petitioning, and from armed self-defense to armed struggle.’
    • ‘It is up to us to use moral suasion to carry the day; no one else is going to take on the task for us.’
    coaxing, persuading, coercion, inducement, convincing, blandishment, encouragement, urging, prompting, inveiglement, temptation, cajolery, enticement, wheedling, pressure, moral pressure


Late Middle English from Old French, or from Latin suasio(n-), from suadere ‘to urge’.