I vaguely remember using a word before that describes a work (general document, proof, program, etc.) as being so clear, complete, and high-quality (etc.) that it requires no serious explanation, clarification, or defense.

Cogent comes to mind, but I feel like there was a more more broadly relevant to larger works -- which could also be applied to programs that are very readable, easy-to-understand, and therefore easy to validate, etc..

  • Note that I'm posting an answer for a word that just came to mind and will suffice for my current need ... But, I still have the sense there's a better word out there! – svidgen Feb 14 '18 at 21:51
  • "self-evident", "clear", "lucid" (less good but has situational uses), "self-explanatory" , "speaks for itself", "concise" – Tom22 Feb 15 '18 at 0:02
  • self-authenticating? – Edwin Ashworth Feb 15 '18 at 8:55
  • "comprehensive"? – tenebris2020 Feb 15 '18 at 16:27
  • Curious as to why this question is being downvoted -- if there are no words that match the concept, isn't the answer just, "there are no words that match this concept?" – svidgen Feb 27 '18 at 4:21

Coherent just came to mind:

1) Unified; sticking together; making up a whole.

2) Orderly, logical and consistent.

3) Aesthetically ordered.

4) Having a natural or due agreement of parts; harmonious: a coherent design.

That 2nd definition pretty closely matches what I was trying to think of. But, I feel like there's still a better word out there.

More on the "completeness" side is comprehensive. (Thanks, tenebris2020.) Though, it doesn't really include the logic, orderliness, and consistency I was looking for.

(I wish I were thinking more coherently today ...)

  • svigden, I'm sorry to point out that neither cogent nor coherent comes close to the description you gave; neither generally nor specifically in that 2nd definition of coherent. Check that with your favourite thesauruses… – Robbie Goodwin Feb 27 '18 at 4:08
  • @RobbieGoodwin It's lacking in a sense of completeness, but it has the orderliness, logicalness, and consistency I was referring to ... So, no. You're just wrong. Sorry ... I mean, unless you're point is that it's not exactly the word I'm looking for -- in which case, yes, I already ceded that in the answer. But, to say it doesn't even "come close" ... you're just mistaken. – svidgen Feb 27 '18 at 4:18
  • Marking this as the "correct" answer, for lack of other answers... – svidgen Feb 27 '18 at 4:20
  • Thanks, svigden, and whatever your native language, neither "cogent" nor "coherent" describes any work that needs no significant support, clarification, or defense. It's entirely possible that such works will be both "cogent" and "coherent" but that will be pure co-incidence. FYI, the Question was prolly down-voted because there was no research. – Robbie Goodwin Feb 27 '18 at 4:40
  • @Robbie You'd think with "no research" that someone would have mentioned some obvious oversight in the comments... In any case, thanks for your feedback. And I apologize for my snark. In lieu of a more fitting answer, coherent served my purpose in conjunction with comprehensive. – svidgen Feb 27 '18 at 6:06

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