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

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

cogently, adverb
noncogent, adjective
noncogently, adverb
uncogent, adjective
uncogently, adverb Unabridged
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cogent (ˈkəʊdʒənt)
compelling belief or assent; forcefully convincing
[C17: from Latin cōgent-, cōgēns, driving together, from cōgere, from co- together + agere to drive]

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1659, from Fr. cogent "necessary, urgent" (14c.), from L. cogentem (nom. cogens), prp. of cogere "to curdle, to compel, to collect," from com- "together" + agere "to drive" (see act).
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COGENT definition

COmpiler and GENeralized Translator

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Example sentences
It seems as though both extremes have cogent arguments arguing salubrious
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.
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