cogency

noun
co·​gen·​cy | \ˈkō-jən(t)-sē \

Definition of cogency 

: the quality or state of being cogent

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the cogency of Thomas Paine's celebrated case for American independence satirical comments of great cogency

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Traditionally, liberals have wanted to see politics debated without regard for the private lives of those in the fray — because personal details can distract from the cogency of the argument. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "We All Live on Campus Now," 9 Feb. 2018 Pettibon’s way with words, somewhat like the poetry of John Ashbery, instills a conviction of cogency untethered to understanding. The New Yorker, "Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work," 31 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of cogency

1667, in the meaning defined above

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