Well, "cause feeling/cause to feel", then? "pilin" can be feeling as well, rather than just thought. If you cause someone to feel a certain way, isn't that pretty close to persuade even for philosophically-minded individuals such as yourself?
Alright, in that case I'll stick with the early "ni". It's a good thing too, that that is allowed, because it would make certain things a lot more difficult and roundabout to express if it weren't.