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cogent

[ koh-juhnt ]
/ ˈkoʊ dʒənt /
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adjective

convincing or believable by virtue of forcible, clear, or incisive presentation; telling.
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

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British Dictionary definitions for cogent

cogent
/ (ˈkəʊdʒənt) /

adjective

compelling belief or assent; forcefully convincing

Derived forms of cogent

cogency, nouncogently, adverb

Word Origin for cogent

C17: from Latin cōgent-, cōgēns, driving together, from cōgere, from co- together + agere to drive
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