Word Origin See more synonyms for cogent on Thesaurus.com convincing or believable by virtue of forcible, clear, or incisive presentation; telling. to the point; relevant; pertinent. Origin of cogent 1650–60;
present participle of
to drive together, collect, compel), equivalent to
to drive) +
-ent- -ent Related forms co·gent·ly, adverb non·co·gent, adjective non·co·gent·ly, adverb un·co·gent, adjective un·co·gent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for non-cogent compelling belief or assent; forcefully convincing Derived Forms cogency, noun cogently, 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 non-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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