Definition of cogent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkōjənt/


(Of an argument or case) clear, logical, and convincing.
Example sentences
  • Given the scope of Internet use by the general public, this is no longer a relevant or cogent argument.
  • The judge rejected that argument in a cogent and wholly convincing judgment.
  • There are a number of cogent arguments against fur that do not require descending into this kind of bigoted sophism.
convincing, compelling, strong, forceful, powerful, potent, weighty, impactful, effective;
valid, sound, plausible, telling;
impressive, persuasive, eloquent, credible, influential;
conclusive, authoritative;
logical, reasoned, rational, reasonable, lucid, coherent, clear



Pronunciation: /ˈkōjəntlē/
Example sentences
  • The author cogently notes that these aims are contradictory - sympathy tends to unify the public; criticism divides it.
  • As he has cogently argued, there are also strong voices in the administration urging military action.
  • Although aware that the next budget will be an election one, the economists argue strongly and cogently for a fiscal tightening of about 0.5% of GDP.


Mid 17th century: from Latin cogent- 'compelling', from the verb cogere, from co- 'together' + agere 'drive'.

  • cogitate from late 16th century:

    This come from the Latin word cogitare ‘to consider’. The first person singular of this is seen in Descartes's formula (1641) cogito, ergo sum ‘I think therefore I am’. From the same verb comes cogent (mid 17th century) ‘logical and convincing’.

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Syllabification: co·gent

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