• WordNet 3.6
    • n cogency the quality of being valid and rigorous
    • n cogency persuasive relevance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cogency The quality of being cogent; power of compelling conviction; conclusiveness; force. "An antecedent argument of extreme cogency ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cogency Power of proving or of producing belief; the quality of being highly probable or convincing; force; credibility: as, the cogency of an alleged motive, or of evidence; the cogency of one's arguments or reasoning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Cogency convincing power
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Cogent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. cogĕre, co-, together, agĕre, to drive.


In literature:

For the cogency of the proof in every instance depended upon the absence of explanation.
"Darwin and Modern Science" by A.C. Seward and Others
Southampton, Sandys, and Ferrar answered with strength and cogency.
"Pioneers of the Old South" by Mary Johnston
To them that picture of Somerset had all the cogency of direct vision.
"A Laodicean" by Thomas Hardy
The dramas of M. Paul Hervieu have all the neatness and cogency of a geometrical demonstration.
"Play-Making" by William Archer
It is not in human nature to see the whole cogency of facts that make for the other side.
"The Making of Arguments" by J. H. Gardiner
The cogency of this logic seems questionable to me.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
Marshall surpassed them all in the cogency of his reasoning.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
The latter gentlemen have added to the cogency of their arguments by a practical demonstration.
"Lippincott's Magazine, December, 1885" by Various
Wherein then, lies the cogency of the apostle's reasoning?
"Sermons Preached at Brighton" by Frederick W. Robertson
With what closeness and unanswerable cogency he would maintain truth!
"Discourse of the Life and Character of the Hon. Littleton Waller Tazewell" by Hugh Blair Grigsby
Hamilton defended it with great cogency.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
So far the argument seems to draw whatever cogency it has from the simplicity and naturalness of the notion of representation.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
To insist upon the cogency of 'negative instances' was Bacon's great contribution to Inductive Logic.
"Logic" by Carveth Read
The nature of this Argument stated, and its cogency insisted upon.
"A Candid Examination of Theism" by George John Romanes
They gave a cogency to the Article, which had escaped me at first.
"Apologia pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Newman
Hence, I think, the unity of his dramatic scenes and the cogency of his historical arguments.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore
They gave a cogency to the Article, which had escaped me at first.
"Apologia Pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Cardinal Newman
For the cogency of the proof in every instance depended upon the absence of explanation.
"Evolution in Modern Thought" by Ernst Haeckel
He felt the cogency of his wife's words.
"Elsie Marley, Honey" by Joslyn Gray
He expounds his views fearlessly but modestly, with logical cogency.
"Garcia the Centenarian And His Times" by M. Sterling Mackinlay

In news:

Regarding David R Slavitt's article "Passionate Intensity" (Feb 12): Blurb writing is not, by and large, a genre known for its cogency or profundity.

In science:

In doing so we throw light on the hypotheses which underlie the models and discuss their cogency.
Bouncing universes and their perturbations: remarks on a toy model
Finally, GenC and CogenC denote the class of all modules generated and cogenerated, respectively, by the modules in C .
Large tilting modules and representation type