cogent and convincing

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by elybis, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. elybis New Member


    What is exactly the difference between cogent and convincing ?

    thank you:)
  2. JiPiJou Senior Member

    "Cogent" and "cogency" are entirely based on the logic of the argument. Sometimes an argument may be perfectly logical and yet will not convince you. "convincing" is how you feel about the argument, not how scientifically coherent it is.

    For a good explanation of "cogency", see :

    By the way, welcome to the forum, elybis !
  3. elybis New Member

    thank you very much for your replay and your welcoming :)

    May I said about someone that he is cogent... or convincing is more appropriate ?

    In the sens "he is a VERY good salesman"?
  4. JiPiJou Senior Member

    This would have to be confirmed by English speakers, but I would say that his argument is cogent OR convincing. Both seem possible. As for the person, I would only say that he is convincing.
  5. elybis New Member

    It Sounds good,
    thanks again !!!

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