cogency

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

Definition of cogency

: the quality or state of being cogent

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Examples of cogency in a Sentence

the cogency of Thomas Paine's celebrated case for American independence satirical comments of great cogency
Recent Examples on the Web Overall, when asked about finding the differences between Adelaide and Red, the actress articulates her choices with impressive depth and cogency. David Canfield, EW.com, "How Us left Lupita Nyong'o exhausted, nervous, and challenged like never before," 19 Nov. 2019 Rational cogency is set aside, replaced by a moving blend of unguarded possibility (could) and amorphous delicacy (cloud). Los Angeles Times, "Review: Sonic frequency as art? Enter Steve Roden’s captivating prisms of color," 17 Aug. 2019 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 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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“Cogency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cogency. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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