cogent

[ koh-juh nt ]
/ ˈkoʊ dʒənt /

adjective

convincing or believable by virtue of forcible, clear, or incisive presentation; telling.
to the point; relevant; pertinent.

Nearby words

  1. cog.,
  2. cogan-reese syndrome,
  3. cogency,
  4. cogeneration,
  5. cogenial,
  6. cogently,
  7. coggan,
  8. cogged,
  9. coggle,
  10. cogitable

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 Formscogency, 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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Word Origin and History for cogent

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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