Definition of fluency in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfluːənsi/


[mass noun]
1The quality or condition of being fluent, in particular:
Example sentences
  • But fluency and cohesion are qualities that take time to develop and a clutch of new recruits, drafted in almost at one go, are unlikely to hit it off straight away.
  • Thus far this has been every bit as entertaining as I'd feared - no quality, no fluency.
  • Somewhere in between, Pankaj had one opportunity but by then his natural fluency and rhythm had been shattered and his contribution terminated at 15.
fluidity, flow, smoothness, effortlessness, ease, naturalness;
grace, gracefulness, elegance;
rare flowingness
1.1The ability to speak or write a particular foreign language easily and accurately: fluency in Spanish is essential
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  • Often each also has his own style of handwriting, announced gender, cultural and racial background, artistic talents, foreign language fluency, and IQ.
  • Their definitions are compatible with the Steiner curriculum: the teaching of emotional intelligence; lateral, creative thinking, and fluency in foreign languages.
  • This point is important because we cannot assume that a single psychologically constructed test will accurately describe language fluency.
articulacy, facility, ability to speak or write … easily and accurately;
command of
1.2The ability to express oneself easily and articulately.
Example sentences
  • Even the US Supreme Court, unrenowned for its fluency in articulating harms, has recognized that fact.
  • He possessed an artist's intuition and a fluency with articulate meanings.
  • But then in his post-victory remarks, the candidate went on and on and on, boringly, without the lift and eloquence and fluency of even his opponent.


Early 17th century: from Latin fluentia, from fluere 'to flow'.

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