V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: convincing enough to compel belief or agreement--forceful and convincing

Synonyms: persuasive, convincing, compelling, coherent, trenchant, effective

Antonyms: unconvincing, ineffective

Tips: Cogent carries a connotation of rationality and is often used to describe arguments or analysis. Cogent is derived from the Latin cogere, which means "to drive" or "to force." Thus, the clarity and logic of a cogent argument are strong enough to virtually force belief. Cogent is a great word to describe an argument or an idea that is very well thought out and convincing.

Usage Examples:

You will receive an "A" if you make a clear, cogent argument in your essay. (persuasive, compelling)

His cogent presentation led me to sign up for the complete seminar immediately. (convincing, compelling)

The financial documents he provided me with were very cogent and made it clear that this will be a successful company. (compelling)

Larry made some cogent arguments during the meeting, and I think that we should heed his advice. (persuasive, compelling)

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