Definition of cogent in English:



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

    • ‘Each position was made more powerful and more cogent by the strength of its opposing view.’
    • ‘There is certainly no cogent case to be made for uniformity through the United Kingdom.’
    • ‘There are a number of cogent arguments against fur that do not require descending into this kind of bigoted sophism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By contrast, I found his evidence on value to be somewhat more cogent and convincing than that of his opponent's.’
    • ‘The content was clear, neither overwhelming nor confusing, and the arguments were cogent.’
    • ‘A stay will not be granted, unless there is cogent evidence that the appeal will be stifled.’
    • ‘His cogent case for being nice to our fellow Europeans causes me to ask one question.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He further submits that where such evidence is disregarded the judge must give clear and cogent reasons for doing so.’
    • ‘Our role is to work with the farming and fishing communities to make a cogent argument for these peripheral areas.’
    • ‘His writing is lively, his arguments are cogent, and the scholarship is wide ranging.’
    • ‘The judge rejected that argument in a cogent and wholly convincing judgment.’
    • ‘Given the scope of Internet use by the general public, this is no longer a relevant or cogent argument.’
    • ‘The case for war has not been presented using any cogent and compelling arguments.’
    • ‘This is something I've been thinking about for awhile now and hopefully it comes out somewhat coherent and cogent.’
    • ‘Posturing is in fact all it is, in this case posturing for want of a cogent argument.’
    • ‘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
    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.