What does the word suasion mean?

Usage examples for suasion

  1. Let me first try suasion. – Lonesome Town by Ethel and James Dorrance
  2. Neither playful nor moral suasion could avail, for it is certain that no cave- lady understands English. – Police!!! by Robert W. Chambers
  3. Toward her it had been largely a matter of drifting, undoubted giving in to suasion, more of association than what was said. – Caste by W. A. Fraser