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.’
    • ‘This is something I've been thinking about for awhile now and hopefully it comes out somewhat coherent and cogent.’
    • ‘I am grateful to them for their clear, cogent and candid submissions.’
    • ‘Posturing is in fact all it is, in this case posturing for want of a cogent argument.’
    • ‘He further submits that where such evidence is disregarded the judge must give clear and cogent reasons for doing so.’
    • ‘There is certainly no cogent case to be made for uniformity through the United Kingdom.’
    • ‘Some of what it has produced does sound frightfully cogent for a non-human product.’
    • ‘By contrast, I found his evidence on value to be somewhat more cogent and convincing than that of his opponent's.’
    • ‘There are a number of cogent arguments against fur that do not require descending into this kind of bigoted sophism.’
    • ‘Each position was made more powerful and more cogent by the strength of its opposing view.’
    • ‘Given the scope of Internet use by the general public, this is no longer a relevant or cogent argument.’
    • ‘The content was clear, neither overwhelming nor confusing, and the arguments were cogent.’
    • ‘Readers who care enough to email me with a cogent and considered response will, of course, always be taken seriously.’
    • ‘The case for war has not been presented using any cogent and compelling arguments.’
    • ‘A stay will not be granted, unless there is cogent evidence that the appeal will be stifled.’
    • ‘The reasons given by the Court of Appeal for that factual conclusion were cogent and compelling.’
    • ‘The judge rejected that argument in a cogent and wholly convincing judgment.’
    • ‘He said local officers have not been able to obtain cogent evidence to pin suspects to the four offences.’
    • ‘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.’
    convincing, compelling, strong, forceful, powerful, potent, weighty
    valid, sound, well founded, plausible, effective, efficacious, telling
    impressive, persuasive, irresistible, eloquent, credible, influential, conclusive, unanswerable, authoritative
    logical, reasoned, well reasoned, rational, reasonable, lucid, coherent, well organized, systematic, orderly, methodical, clear, articulate, consistent, relevant
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Mid 17th century: from Latin cogent- compelling, from the verb cogere, from co- together + agere drive.