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  • The exercise of influence. Persuasion can be accomplished by various means, including argument, entreaty, and expostulation. Interpretations of the word are broad, ranging from coercion to behavior modification. Persuade, the predicate form of the word, is often used interchangeably with the word convince, but their Latin origins show them to differ, in that convince comes from a word that means to conquer, while persuade comes from a word that means to advise, to make appealing, or to sweeten.

    Persuasion as rhetoric has been discussed among scholars as far back as the ancient Greeks. In contem porary times, persuasion has become a subject of communications science and is studied for its appli cation to political processes, public relations and corporations, advertising and consumerism, inter personal relationships, and ...

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