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cogency

[koh-juh n-see] /ˈkoʊ dʒən si/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being convincing or persuasive:
The cogency of the argument was irrefutable.
Origin of cogency
1680-1690
1680-90; cog(ent) + -ency
Related forms
noncogency, noun
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  • For the cogency of the proof in every instance depended upon the absence of explanation.

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

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • In either case the cogency of the proof which establishes the conclusion is impaired and ceases to be unconditional.

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

    A Military Genius Sarah Ellen Blackwell
  • Pauline at first marked its cogency, and then observed this gradually dissolve.

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

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

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
Word Origin and History for cogency
n.

1680s, from cogent + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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