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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eloquence, fluency, smoothnessnoun

    powerful and effective language

    "his eloquence attracted a large congregation"; "fluency in spoken and written English is essential"; "his oily smoothness concealed his guilt from the police"

  2. fluencynoun

    skillfulness in speaking or writing

  3. fluency, volubility, articulatenessnoun

    the quality of being facile in speech and writing


  1. fluencynoun

    The quality of smoothness of flow

  2. fluencynoun

    The quality of being fluent in a language; A person's command of a particular language.

  3. fluencynoun

    The quality of consistently applying skill correctly in the manner of one well-practiced at it, requiring little deliberate thought to perform without mistakes

  4. Etymology: From fluentia, cognate fluence.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fluencynoun

    Etymology: from fluent.

    Fluency of numbers, and most expressive figures for the poet, morals for the serious, and pleasantries for admirers of points of wit. Samuel Garth, Preface to Ovid.

    Our publick liturgy must be cashiered, the better to please those men who gloried in their extemporary vein and fluency. Charles I .

    Th’ unthinking victors vainly boast their pow’rs;
    Be their’s the musquet, while the tongue is our’s:
    We reason with such fluency and fire,
    The beaux we baffle, and the learned tire. Thomas Tickell.

    The common fluency of speech in many men, and most women, is owing to a scarcity of matter, and a scarcity of words; for whoever is a master of language, and hath a mind full of ideas, will be apt, in speaking, to hesitate upon the choice of both. Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on various Subjects.

    Those who grow old in fluency and ease,
    Behold him tost on seas. George Sandys, Paraphrase on Job.

    God riches and renown to men imparts,
    Even all they wish; and yet their narrow hearts
    Cannot so great a fluency receive,
    But their fruition to a stranger leave. George Sandys.


  1. Fluency

    Fluency (also called volubility and eloquency) is the property of a person or of a system that delivers information quickly and with expertise.


  1. fluency

    Fluency is the ability to express oneself easily and articulately in a particular language or field. It involves a high level of competence and understanding which allows smooth, effortless and accurate communication or execution of tasks. Fluency can refer to spoken or written language, as well as proficiency in a skill or subject.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fluencynoun

    the quality of being fluent; smoothness; readiness of utterance; volubility

  2. Etymology: [L. fluentia: cf. F. fluence. See Fluent.]


  1. Fluency

    Fluency is the property of a person or of a system that delivers information quickly and with expertise.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fluency in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fluency in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of fluency in a Sentence

  1. Marc Poulin:

    This change in verbal fluency is what you'd expect to see in someone five years younger.

  2. Caitlin McAuley:

    Plenty of older patients who've had Covid feel like they now have dementia. But when they do the testing, all their higher-level cognitive functioning is intact, and it's things like attention or cognitive fluency that are impaired, it's important to understand where deficits are so we can target therapy appropriately.

  3. Rick Wilson:

    Marco Rubio has a certain fluency, and ability to connect with voters, and this will be one of the first times a wider audience has seen it.

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