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cogent

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of cogent

  1. having the power to persuade the results of the DNA fingerprinting were the most cogent evidence for acquittal Synonyms of cogent compelling, conclusive, convincing, decisive, effective, forceful, persuasive, satisfying, strong, telling Words Related to cogent authoritative, definitive; sound, valid, well-founded; important, significant, weighty; material, pertinent, relevant Near Antonyms of cogent groundless, invalid, shaky, unfounded, unsound; inconsequential, insignificant, unimportant; immaterial, irrelevant; feeble, weak Antonyms of cogent inconclusive, indecisive, ineffective, uncompelling, unconvincing, unpersuasive

Synonym Discussion of cogent

valid, sound, cogent, convincing, telling mean having such force as to compel serious attention and usually acceptance. valid implies being supported by objective truth or generally accepted authority.
    • a valid reason for being absent
    • a valid marriage
sound implies a basis of flawless reasoning or of solid grounds.
    • a sound proposal for reviving the economy
cogent may stress either weight of sound argument and evidence or lucidity of presentation.
    • the prosecutor's cogent summation won over the jury
convincing suggests a power to overcome doubt, opposition, or reluctance to accept.
    • a convincing argument for welfare reform
telling stresses an immediate and crucial effect striking at the heart of a matter.
    • a telling example of bureaucratic waste

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