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Webster 1913 Edition


Cogent

Co′gent

,
Adj.
[L.
cogens
, p. pr. of
cogere
to drive together, to force;
co-
+ agere to drive. See
Agent
,
Adj.
, and cf.
Coact
to force,
Coagulate
,
p.
Adj.
]
1.
Compelling, in a physical sense; powerful.
[Obs.]
The
cogent
force of nature.
Prior.
2.
Having the power to compel conviction or move the will; constraining; conclusive; forcible; powerful; not easily reasisted.
No better nor more
cogent
reason.
Dr. H. More.
Proofs of the most
cogent
description.
Tyndall.
Syn. – Forcible; powerful; potent; urgent; strong; persuasive; convincing; conclusive; influential.

Webster 1828 Edition


Cogent

COGENT

,
Adj.
[See Cogency.]
1.
Forcible, in a physical sense; as the cogent force of nature.
2.
Urgent; pressing on the mind; forcible; powerful; not easily resisted; as a cogent reason, or argument.
The harmony of the universe furnishes cogent proofs of a deity.

Definition 2021


cogent

cogent

English

Adjective

cogent (comparative more cogent, superlative most cogent)

  1. Reasonable and convincing; based on evidence.
  2. Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning.
  3. Forcefully persuasive; relevant, pertinent.
    The prosecution presented a cogent argument, convincing the jury of the defendant's guilt.

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Latin

Verb

cōgent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of cōgō