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[koh-juh n-see]
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  1. the quality or state of being convincing or persuasive: The cogency of the argument was irrefutable.
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Origin of cogency

First recorded in 1680–90; cog(ent) + -ency
Related formsnon·co·gen·cy, noun
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Related Words

bearing, strength, force, conviction, power, point, punch, validity, pertinence, connection, potency, forcefulness, relevance, concern

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  • Here, again, we have no desire to question the cogency of the argument.

  • “You expect a cogency of conduct not usual in women,” said Marlow.


    Joseph Conrad

  • They gave a cogency to the Article, which had escaped me at first.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua

    John Henry Cardinal Newman

  • (p. 044) There is a cogency in your argument that I have seldom met with.

    A Military Genius

    Sarah Ellen Blackwell

  • Southampton, Sandys, and Ferrar answered with strength and cogency.

Word Origin and History for cogency


1680s, from cogent + -cy.

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