co·​gen·​cy | \ ˈkō-jən(t)-sē How to pronounce cogency (audio) \

Definition of cogency

: the quality or state of being cogent

Examples of cogency in a Sentence

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First Known Use of cogency

1667, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cogency

cog(ent) + -ency

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21 Jul 2022

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“Cogency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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