Pronunciation: (pur-swā'dur),[key] —n. 1. a person or thing that persuades: The cool lake was a most enticing persuader for those who liked to swim. 2. Slang. a. (in underworld use) a gun, blackjack, or other weapon.
b. something that persuades, as by coercing or threatening: Sometimes the teacher used a hickory persuader to get our attention.