Definition of cogent in English:

cogent

Syllabification: co·gent
Pronunciation: /ˈkōjənt
 
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adjective

(Of an argument or case) clear, logical, and convincing.
More 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.
Synonyms
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

Origin

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

Derivatives

cogently

adverb
More 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.

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