Simple Definition of cogent
: very clear and easy for the mind to accept and believe
Examples of cogent in a sentence
… Honeyboy Edwards provides a cogent analysis of the shift within the blues over the years … —David Hajdu, Mother Jones, September/October 2003
Your article provides cogent reading. —Mario Cuomo, letter, U.S. News & World Report, 23 Mar. 1992
Your arguments, whether or not one agrees with them, are generally cogent, and at times elegantly expressed. —Willard R. Espy, letter, Wall Street Journal, 24 Apr. 1990
The author … makes a cogent and finely nuanced case for the wisdom—indeed, the necessity of this vision. —Marian Sandmaier, New York Times Book Review, 8 Feb. 1987
<the results of the DNA fingerprinting were the most cogent evidence for acquittal>
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Trained, knowledgeable agents make cogent suggestions . . . that make sense to customers. It makes sense for us to include that comment from the president of a direct marketing consulting company because it provides such a nice opportunity to point out the etymological relationship between the words "cogent" and "agent." Agent derives from the Latin verb agere, which means "to drive," "to lead," or "to act." Adding the prefix co- to "agere" gave Latin cogere, a word that literally means "to drive together"; that ancient term ultimately gave English "cogent." Something that is cogent figuratively pulls together thoughts and ideas, and the cogency of an argument depends on the driving intellectual force behind it.
Origin of cogent
Latin cogent-, cogens, present participle of cogere to drive together, collect, from co- + agere to drive — more at agent
First Known Use: 1659
Synonym Discussion of cogent
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