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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
Recent Examples of cogent from the Web
For the first time in a decade, the climate crusade is on its heels and desperate for a cogent message and strong leadership.
But your overall point is cogent and again gets back to the Tyler Johnson contract.
A more cogent speaker may have drawn more scrutiny.
A cogent explanation of the factors that go into passing personal judgment on a work of cinema.
And without developing some cogent theme besides Boiling the Rich, and Hating Trump, without grooming and nurturing new vibrant personalities, the Democratic Party is in trouble.
Cher’s speech during a high school debate scene even made the social-media rounds earlier this year as a surprisingly cogent reaction to Donald Trump’s travel ban.
Mr. Ackman comes across as sincere in his outrage and cogent in his presentations.
In the absence of a cogent and articulated basis for asserting that the successful completion of the investigation of this matter would be endangered, there is no justification for nondisclosure.
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Did You Know?
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.
Synonymscompelling, conclusive, convincing, decisive, effective, forceful, persuasive, satisfying, strong, telling
Antonymsinconclusive, indecisive, ineffective, uncompelling, unconvincing, unpersuasive
Related Wordsauthoritative, definitive; sound, valid, well-founded; important, significant, weighty; material, pertinent, relevant
Near Antonymsgroundless, invalid, shaky, unfounded, unsound; inconsequential, insignificant, unimportant; immaterial, irrelevant; feeble, weak
Synonym Discussion of cogent
- a valid reason for being absent
- a valid marriage
- a sound proposal for reviving the economy
- the prosecutor's cogent summation won over the jury
- a convincing argument for welfare reform
- a telling example of bureaucratic waste
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