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cogent

[koh-juh nt]
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adjective
  1. convincing or believable by virtue of forcible, clear, or incisive presentation; telling.
  2. to the point; relevant; pertinent.

Origin of cogent

1650–60; < Latin cōgent- (stem of cōgēns, present participle of cōgere to drive together, collect, compel), equivalent to cōg- (co- co- + ag-, stem of agere to drive) + -ent- -ent
Related formsco·gent·ly, adverbnon·co·gent, adjectivenon·co·gent·ly, adverbun·co·gent, adjectiveun·co·gent·ly, adverb
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  • Also she would have cogent reason for keeping such a part in the affair a secret.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • Considering his great distress, the reasons must have been cogent indeed.

  • That's the most cogent thought you ever had, but setting the date is the bride's business.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • The Master was unimpeachable; His terse, cogent assertions were unanswerable.

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

  • And yet they have the broadest meaning and the most cogent application.

    The Life Radiant

    Lilian Whiting


British Dictionary definitions for cogent

cogent

adjective
  1. compelling belief or assent; forcefully convincing
Derived Formscogency, nouncogently, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin cōgent-, cōgēns, driving together, from cōgere, from co- together + agere to drive
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Word Origin and History for cogent

adj.

1650s, from French cogent "necessary, urgent" (14c.), from Latin cogentem (nominative cogens), present participle of cogere "to curdle; to compel; to collect," literally "to drive together," from com- "together" (see co-) + agere "to drive" (see act (n.)).

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