[koh-juh n-see]


the quality or state of being convincing or persuasive: The cogency of the argument was irrefutable.

Origin of cogency

First recorded in 1680–90; cog(ent) + -ency
Related formsnon·co·gen·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cogency

Contemporary Examples of cogency

Historical Examples of cogency

  • 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper