The act of persuading or the state of being persuaded:"The persuasion of a democracy to big changes is at best a slow process"(Harold J. Laski). The ability or power to persuade:"Three foremost aids to persuasion which occur to me are humility, concentration, and gusto"(Marianne Moore). A strongly held opinion; a conviction:"He had a strong persuasion that Likeman was wrong"(H.G. Wells). A body of religious beliefs; a religion: worshipers of various persuasions. A party, faction, or group holding to a particular set of ideas or beliefs. Informal Kind; sort:"the place where .. rockers of any gender or persuasion can become megastars"(Christopher John Farley).