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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.
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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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  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for cogently

cogent

adjective
  1. compelling belief or assent; forcefully convincing
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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 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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