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[koh-juh n-see] /ˈkoʊ dʒən si/
the quality or state of being convincing or persuasive:
The cogency of the argument was irrefutable.
Origin of cogency
1680-90; cog(ent) + -ency
Related forms
noncogency, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Still, the underlying reasons for it have some cogency.
  • Aesthetics are not irrelevant in explaining reality, but they must take second place to cogency.
  • However, only three of the five students made gains related to writing clarity and cogency.
  • He is almost certainly right that a relationship exists, but there may be question of its cogency.
  • But soundness or cogency need not be sufficient for a good argument.
Word Origin and History for cogency

1680s, from cogent + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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