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I am of the former persuasion.

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on April 26, 2006

In Reply to: I am of the former persuasion. posted by Brian from Shawnee on April 25, 2006

: : I am of the former persuasion.

: : Please, I'm not a native speaker, and couldn't find anything on the internet about the meaning or the origin of this phrase. Can anybody help me? Thank you!

: When you are given two choices, the first choice is "the former" and the second is "the latter". If someone asks you if you are liberal or conservative, you're either the former or the latter (if you choose to answer).

- And one of the meanings of "persuasion" is "a creed or belief: a group or sect holding a specific creed or belief".