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      vb   tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive  
1    to induce, urge, or prevail upon successfully  
he finally persuaded them to buy it     
2    to cause to believe; convince  
even with the evidence, the police were not persuaded     
     (C16: from Latin persuadere, from per- (intensive) + suadere to urge, advise)  
  persuadable, persuasible      adj  
  persuadability, persuasibility      n  
  persuader      n  
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1    actuate, advise, allure, bring round     (informal)   coax, counsel, entice, impel, incite, induce, influence, inveigle, prevail upon, prompt, sway, talk into, twist (someone's) arm, urge, win over  
2    cause to believe, convert, convince, satisfy  
   deter, discourage, dissuade, forbid, prohibit  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
persuade by praise or false promise; coax; wheedle
The actual say is: "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" This means that it is easier to persuade people if you use polite arguments and flattery than if you are confrontational.
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