What is the difference between convinced and persuaded as (adj) in out talking?

What is the difference between convinced and persuaded as (adj) in out talking?
could anyone tell me?
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In most situations there is no difference.

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Persuaded…normally you are persuaded by someone else.

Convinced…you can be convinced by either yourself or someone else.

For example, you can say:

I am convinced that I am the most handsome man in the world. (Perhaps after you look at yourself in the mirror!)

On the other hand I would say:

I am persuaded by my wife that I am the ugliest man in the world.

Canto this may be true, but in common usage there may be no difference. It depends on the context. “I am not persuaded” that this this is so, or “I am not convinced” that this is so mean about the same.

I think you are quite right Canto, that I am persuaded implies that there has been some persuasion involved, whereas I am convinced implies there is conviction involved. If I have convictions then that means I have strong beliefs, whereas persuasion comes from another person or source.

I was convinced that I had been abducted by aliens, until I was persuaded by the psychiatrist that it was just a cheese-induced dream.


I am not persuaded nor convinced.

Any conclusion we arrive at comes from the observation of external factors. These factors may convince us or persuade us of the correctness of a certain point of view.

Ultimately it depends on context and usage, and how we like to use words. In many, if not most cases these words are interchangeable To me convinced is more final than persuaded.

I read somewhere that persuade relates to action and convince to an idea, but I am not persuaded that this is always true.

great comments , thanks to all , I got it…

I think Canto’s right about persuasion coming from someone else. I can’t think of a context where one could say "I have persuaded myself… " etc.

I also think that the point about ‘action’ and ‘idea’ is interesting.

I think you can definitely ‘convince’ someone (more to do with their beliefs) and you can definitely ‘persuade’ someone (usually to do something).

For example, one might say:

  • “She said she is not in the mood to go out tonight. How can we persuade her to come?” (action)

  • “For some reason, she believes that going out tonight is a bad idea. We have to convince her otherwise if we want her to come out tonight.” (idea/belief)

next up: “will” vs “going to”


You have neither persuaded me nor convinced me. You are neither persuasive nor convincing.

Alas. I’m now convinced that my skills in the art of persuasion are not convincing enough to persuade you to convince yourself to accept such a convincing, and persuasive, argument.


It will take me quite some time to digest that, but I doubt that it is either persuasive or convincing, on the other hand I feel that we getting to the heart of your own personal convictions and persuasions.

I think persuade , harangue and cajole have the same idea especially if you ask someone to do something many many times.

the golden rule:

you convince someone that a fact is true

you persuade someone to do something

To me, harangue is not the same thing as persuade or cajole. Someone may very well harangue me, that’s to say-rant and talk a lot repeatedly, but that doesn’t mean that I will give in to his or her point of view.

I could be persuaded to eat a bar of chocolate right now, although you could not convince me that it was the right thing to do. Conviction implies belief. Persuasion just means that you have given into someone else.

I don’t think I could convince Steve that I’m right, although his wife might persuade him to switch off the computer and go and mow the lawn instead.

Listen to skyblueteapot!

I am of the persuasion and the conviction that in most cases, if not all cases,where "I am persuaded’ and “I am convinced” are used in an impersonal way, i.e. the source of the persuading or convincing are not identified, they are interchangeable. Using one or the other will have no impact on the meaning.