Definition of cogent in English:



  • (of an argument or case) clear, logical, and convincing.

    ‘they put forward cogent arguments for British membership’
    ‘the newspaper's lawyers must prepare a cogent appeal’
    • ‘His writing is lively, his arguments are cogent, and the scholarship is wide ranging.’
    • ‘Each position was made more powerful and more cogent by the strength of its opposing view.’
    • ‘The case for war has not been presented using any cogent and compelling arguments.’
    • ‘Given the scope of Internet use by the general public, this is no longer a relevant or cogent argument.’
    • ‘There is certainly no cogent case to be made for uniformity through the United Kingdom.’
    • ‘The content was clear, neither overwhelming nor confusing, and the arguments were cogent.’
    • ‘He further submits that where such evidence is disregarded the judge must give clear and cogent reasons for doing so.’
    • ‘His cogent case for being nice to our fellow Europeans causes me to ask one question.’
    • ‘Our role is to work with the farming and fishing communities to make a cogent argument for these peripheral areas.’
    • ‘The judge rejected that argument in a cogent and wholly convincing judgment.’
    • ‘This is something I've been thinking about for awhile now and hopefully it comes out somewhat coherent and cogent.’
    • ‘There are a number of cogent arguments against fur that do not require descending into this kind of bigoted sophism.’
    • ‘A stay will not be granted, unless there is cogent evidence that the appeal will be stifled.’
    • ‘Some of what it has produced does sound frightfully cogent for a non-human product.’
    • ‘He said local officers have not been able to obtain cogent evidence to pin suspects to the four offences.’
    • ‘I am grateful to them for their clear, cogent and candid submissions.’
    • ‘The reasons given by the Court of Appeal for that factual conclusion were cogent and compelling.’
    • ‘Posturing is in fact all it is, in this case posturing for want of a cogent argument.’
    • ‘By contrast, I found his evidence on value to be somewhat more cogent and convincing than that of his opponent's.’
    • ‘Readers who care enough to email me with a cogent and considered response will, of course, always be taken seriously.’
    convincing, compelling, strong, forceful, powerful, potent, weighty
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Mid 17th century: from Latin cogent- ‘compelling’, from the verb cogere, from co- ‘together’ + agere ‘drive’.