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[koh-juh nt]

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  1. convincing or believable by virtue of forcible, clear, or incisive presentation; telling.
  2. to the point; relevant; pertinent.
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Origin of cogent

1650–60; < Latin cōgent- (stem of cōgēns, present participle of cōgere to drive together, collect, compel), equivalent to cōg- (co- co- + ag-, stem of agere to drive) + -ent- -ent
Related formsco·gent·ly, adverbnon·co·gent, adjectivenon·co·gent·ly, adverbun·co·gent, adjectiveun·co·gent·ly, adverb
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Related Words for cogently

finally , forcefully , completely , definitely , energetically , adequately , dramatically , productively , efficaciously , excellently , conclusively , capably , cogently , effectually , expertly , persuasively , tellingly

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Contemporary Examples of cogently

  • Reihan Salam cogently argues federalism is on the wrong path due to powerful incentives tied to federal funding.

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    Federalism? Nah, Let DC Pay for It

    Justin Green

    February 7, 2013

  • The thumbs-up, thumbs-down nature of politics and media impedes our collective ability to cogently address what is going on.

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    Jobs Report Shows Unemployment Steady, but There’s Underlying Trouble

    Zachary Karabell

    March 9, 2012

Historical Examples of cogently

  • It is somewhere, he cogently reflected and, taking a pencil, set to work.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • He reasons, too, clearly and cogently; and writes in a limpid and flowing style.

    Insula Sanctorum et Doctorum

    John Healy

  • Now he could show her how cogently and comprehensively he could answer a logical question.

    The Venus Trap

    Evelyn E. Smith

  • The reasons that prevailed against attempting Mitchel’s rescue, Doheny cogently states.

    The Felon's Track

    Michael Doheny

  • This theory is most cogently presented by Mr. Tylor, and is confirmed by examples chosen from his wide range of reading.

    Cock Lane and Common-Sense

    Andrew Lang

British Dictionary definitions for cogently


  1. compelling belief or assent; forcefully convincing
Derived Formscogency, nouncogently, adverb

Word Origin for cogent

C17: from Latin cōgent-, cōgēns, driving together, from cōgere, from co- together + agere to drive
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Word Origin and History for cogently



1650s, from French cogent “necessary, urgent” (14c.), from Latin cogentem (nominative cogens), present participle of cogere “to curdle; to compel; to collect,” literally “to drive together,” from com- “together” (see co- ) + agere “to drive” (see act (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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Nearby words for cogently

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