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cogent

[koh-juh nt] /ˈkoʊ dʒənt/
adjective
1.
convincing or believable by virtue of forcible, clear, or incisive presentation; telling.
2.
to the point; relevant; pertinent.
Origin
1650-1660
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
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British Dictionary definitions for cogently

cogent

/ˈkəʊdʒənt/
adjective
1.
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 cogently
cogent
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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