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cogent

[koh-juh nt] /ˈkoʊ dʒənt/
adjective
1.
convincing or believable by virtue of forcible, clear, or incisive presentation; telling.
2.
to the point; relevant; pertinent.
Origin of cogent
1650-1660
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 forms
cogently, adverb
noncogent, adjective
noncogently, adverb
uncogent, adjective
uncogently, adverb
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  • It is somewhere, he cogently reflected and, taking a pencil, set to work.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • He reasons, too, clearly and cogently; and writes in a limpid and flowing style.

  • Now he could show her how cogently and comprehensively he could answer a logical question.

    The Venus Trap Evelyn E. Smith
  • The reasons that prevailed against attempting Mitchel's rescue, Doheny cogently states.

    The Felon's Track Michael Doheny
  • This theory is most cogently presented by Mr. Tylor, and is confirmed by examples chosen from his wide range of reading.

  • It was something else, standing here in the red gloaming—some foreign entity, cogently reasoning, swiftly acting.

    The Crucial Moment Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • Might we not as cogently argue that no martyrdoms took place then, because no martyrdoms take place now?

  • He put the case most cogently in a letter to the business men of New Orleans, which was widely published.

    Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for cogently

cogent

/ˈkəʊdʒənt/
adjective
1.
compelling belief or assent; forcefully convincing
Derived Forms
cogency, noun
cogently, 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 cogently

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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