Cogent definition

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Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning; convincing.

A cogent argument.

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Forceful and to the point, as a reason or argument; compelling; convincing.
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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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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