Cogent meaning

kō'jənt
The definition of cogent is something that is convincing or believable.

An example of cogent is the idea that climate change is caused by the actions of humans.

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Forceful and to the point, as a reason or argument; compelling; convincing.
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Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning; convincing.

A cogent argument.

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Convincing; strongly appealing; compelling action, assent, or belief.
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Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning.
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She presented a cogent argument, convincing her audience of the truth of her proposition.

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Origin of cogent

  • Latin cōgēns cōgent- present participle of cōgere to force co- co- agere to drive ag- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin cōgēns, present active participle of cōgō (“drive together, compel”), from + agō (“drive”).
    From Wiktionary