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Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning; convincing: a cogent argument. See Synonyms at valid.

[Latin cōgēns, cōgent-, present participle of cōgere, to force : co-, co- + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

co′gen·cy (-jən-sē) n.
co′gent·ly adv.
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(ˈkoʊ dʒən si)

the quality or state of being cogent; power to convince.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cogency - persuasive relevance
relevance, relevancy - the relation of something to the matter at hand
2.cogency - the quality of being valid and rigorous
believability, credibility, credibleness - the quality of being believable or trustworthy
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[ˈkəʊdʒənsɪ] Nconvicción f, contundencia f
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[ˈkəʊdʒənsi] npuissance f
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[ˈkəʊdʒnsɪ] n (frm) → forza (di persuasione)
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But, like all oft-repeated truths, it has in time lost something of its actuality and cogency. A lesson, an actual experience, was needed to bring it home.
Clacton argued with a cogency and a ferocity which made the little woman feel that something very important--she hardly knew what--was taking place.
"You expect a cogency of conduct not usual in women," said Marlow.
MENO: I admit the cogency of your argument, and therefore, Socrates, I wonder that knowledge should be preferred to right opinion--or why they should ever differ.
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This idea has gained cogency and strength, since the Arab nations seek to foster pan-Arab solidarity and cooperation," he underscored.
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