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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Definitions for cogent

  1. Having the power to compel conviction; appealing to the mind or to reason; convincing.

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Citations for cogent
One woman, Adrian Pomerantz, was so intelligent that the professors always lit up when Adrian spoke; her eloquent, cogent analyses forced them not to be lazy, not to repeat themselves. Meg Wolitzer, Surrender, Dorothy
I suggested to the student that she take her refusal as the theme of her term paper and ponder it as carefully as possible. A few weeks later she submitted one of the most cogent, intelligent papers I have read. Denis Donoghue, The Practice of Reading
Origin of cogent
1650-1660
Cogent derives from Latin cogere, "to drive together, to force," from co-, "with, together" + agere, "to drive."