the act of persuading someone to do something:
After a little gentle persuasion, Debbie agreed to let us in.
It had taken a great deal of persuasion to get him to accept.
She used all her powers of persuasion (=skill at persuading people) to convince Tilly that it was the right thing to do.
2 [countable] formal
a particular type of belief, especially a political or religious one
We need people with talent, whatever their political persuasions.
politicians of all persuasions
of a particular type - often used humorously:
an ancient bed of the iron persuasion