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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
A cogent explanation of the factors that go into passing personal judgment on a work of cinema.
The authors have put their thinking caps on and broken out of the usual orthodoxy by presenting cogent ideas on why humans should go into space, including their lovely idea of going to and living on obscure (to most folks) Titan.
That’s largely because search engines like Google are obviating the need for cogent, catchy URLs—once a prerequisite for online success.
In the broader context, Trumpism represents the demise of American exceptionalism, or at least the refutation of the most cogent arguments for it ever having existed in the first place.
The market was holding its breath during those first moments when Trump seemed to be unusually focussed and cogent.
The 2016 presidential race, to put it mildly, will not go down as a campaign distinguished by cogent economic arguments and serious discussions of policy options.
Without making too big of a deal about it, this episode delivers a cogent point about using rage as a political weapon.
The mystery and the exoticism, the threat and the danger have ultimately gathered into a potent presence and cogent control.
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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.
Origin and Etymology 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
COGENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cogent for English Language Learners
: very clear and easy for the mind to accept and believe
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