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cogent

[ koh-juh nt ]
/ 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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cog., cogan-reese syndrome, cogency, cogeneration, cogenial, cogent, cogently, coggan, cogged, coggle, 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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