What is another word for cogency?

Pronunciation: [kˈə͡ʊd͡ʒənsi] (IPA)

Cogency refers to the persuasive power or effectiveness of an argument or idea. Synonyms for cogency include persuasiveness, forcefulness, efficacy, potency, validity, and soundness. Persuasiveness implies the ability to convince or influence others, while forcefulness indicates strength and power in an argument. Efficacy refers to the ability of an argument to achieve the desired result, while potency relates to the ability to produce a strong impact or effect. Validity and soundness both suggest that an argument is logical, reasonable, and based on accurate information. Using synonyms for cogency can help to add variety and depth to your writing, providing different shades of meaning to your ideas and arguments.

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What are the hypernyms for Cogency?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the hyponyms for Cogency?

Hyponyms are more specific words categorized under a broader term, known as a hypernym.

What are the opposite words for cogency?

Cogency refers to the quality of being logical and convincing. Its antonyms, therefore, are words that convey the opposite meaning. Some antonyms for cogency include: inconclusiveness, weakness, feebleness, insignificance, ineffectuality, insubstantiality, impotence, and flimsiness. When speaking or writing, it's important to choose words wisely to ensure the message is conveyed accurately. Using antonyms for cogency can dilute the strength of one's argument, making it less compelling for the listener or reader. It's essential to use language that is both understandable and convincing to effectively communicate one's ideas.

Usage examples for Cogency

Mary and Mr. 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.
"Night and Day"
Virginia Woolf
He had to rely on his remembrance of general principles; and he learned to reason from those general principles to his conclusions; and his success at the Bar depended upon the clearness of his statements and the cogency and force of his logic.
"Memoirs of Orange Jacobs"
Orange Jacobs
He would not seek to justify a moral judgment, as would ethics, or to criticise the cogency of thought, as would logic; but only to describe the actual state as he found it.
"The Approach to Philosophy"
Ralph Barton Perry

Famous quotes with Cogency

  • There was a time when I should have felt terribly ashamed of not being up-to-date. I lived in a chronic apprehension lest I might, so to speak, miss the last bus, and so find myself stranded and benighted, in a desert of demodedness, while others, more nimble than myself, had already climbed on board, taken their tickets and set out toward those bright but, alas, ever receding goals of Modernity and Sophistication. Now, however, I have grown shameless, I have lost my fears. I can watch unmoved the departure of the last social-cultural bus—the innumerable last buses, which are starting at every instant in all the world’s capitals. I make no effort to board them, and when the noise of each departure has died down, “Thank goodness!” is what I say to myself in the solitude. I find nowadays that I simply don’t want to be up-to-date. I have lost all desire to see and do the things, the seeing and doing of which entitle a man to regard himself as superiorly knowing, sophisticated, unprovincial; I have lost all desire to frequent the places and people that a man simply must frequent, if he is not to be regarded as a poor creature hopelessly out of the swim. “Be up-to-date!” is the categorical imperative of those who scramble for the last bus. But it is an imperative whose cogency I refuse to admit. When it is a question of doing something which I regard as a duty I am as ready as anyone else to put up with discomfort. But being up-to-date and in the swim has ceased, so far as I am concerned, to be a duty. Why should I have my feelings outraged, why should I submit to being bored and disgusted for the sake of somebody else’s categorical imperative? Why? There is no reason. So I simply avoid most of the manifestations of that so-called “life” which my contemporaries seem to be so unaccountably anxious to “see”; I keep out of range of the “art” they think is so vitally necessary to “keep up with”; I flee from those “good times” in the “having” of which they are prepared to spend so lavishly of their energy and cash.
    Aldous Huxley
  • Apart from logical cogency, there is to me something a little odd about the ethical valuations of those who think that an omnipotent, omniscient, and benevolent Deity, after preparing the ground by many millions of years of lifeless nebulae, would consider Himself adequately rewarded by the final emergence of Hitler and Stalin and the H-bomb.
    Bertrand Russell

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