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[koh-juh nt] /ˈkoʊ dʒənt/
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 forms
cogently, adverb
noncogent, adjective
noncogently, adverb
uncogent, adjective
uncogently, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cogent
  • It seems as though both extremes have cogent arguments arguing salubrious benefits.
  • In its theories and practice, the core ideas in finance are founded on a set of logically cogent ideas.
  • It was a cogent critique of the war, but its astounding impact was due mainly to who made it.
  • We have learned to ask such cogent questions because the news media does not.
  • However there are no cogent side-effects accepted off.
  • The arguments advanced in this communication seem to me, cogent and unanswerable.
  • What engrossed me was his way of shaping phrases into cogent arcs and sections, and bringing out the music's narrative urgency.
  • Answers should be crisp and cogent, but do not hesitate more than three seconds before responding.
  • And that's why the impact of the computerized voice and her cogent argument on behalf of people with autism is so powerful.
  • cogent also complained that the request for additional price information was contrary to law and the solicitation requirements.
British Dictionary definitions for 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 cogent

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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cogent in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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