What's the difference btw "persuasive" and "convincing"? What's the difference between "persuasive" and "convincing"?
Feb 9, 2012 3:34 AM
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Persuasive means insiting
February 9, 2012
Many times they are the same. There is a slight difference. A person might persuade or convince another person to do or believe something. Something (not a person) might convince a person (not persuade). He persuaded me to go on the trip with him. (Could have said "convinced") After seeing the snow on the roads, I was convinced of my choice not to drive. Also, ''convince' has a slightly (not much) more positive sense associated with it than 'persuade'.
February 9, 2012
A quick check of the etymology tells us that "convince" implies a sense of one person conquering another with their argument, and "persuade" implies that the person urges or leads the other person to believe or accept something. It's a subtle difference, but useful to know as a writer.
February 9, 2012
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