Definition of cogency in English:



mass noun
  • The quality of being clear, logical, and convincing; lucidity.

    ‘the cogency of this argument’
    • ‘It was replete with mathematical formulas and stated his case with a rare cogency and persuasiveness.’
    • ‘Their basic message that peace and security depend on just economic and political practices continues to have cogency and power.’
    • ‘The validity of a viewpoint seemed to hinge on the author's pedigree rather than on the cogency of his argument.’
    • ‘The submissions made to us do not reach the minimum cogency required to persuade me that we should direct a re-hearing of the issue.’
    • ‘If this post lacks my usual cogency and clarity, let me know.’
    strength, force, power, potency, weight, plausibility, effectiveness, efficacy, soundness, validity, foundation
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