[koh-juh nt]


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of cogently

Historical Examples of cogently

  • 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



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 cogently



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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