from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning; convincing: a cogent argument. See Synonyms at valid.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Reasonable and convincing; based on evidence.
- adj. Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning.
- adj. Forcefully persuasive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Compelling, in a physical sense; powerful.
- adj. Having the power to compel conviction or move the will; constraining; conclusive; forcible; powerful; not easily reasisted.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Compelling by physical force; potent; irresistible by physical means.
- Compelling assent or conviction; appealing powerfully to the intellect or moral sense; not easily denied or refuted: as, a cogent reason or argument.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. powerfully persuasive
Latin cōgēns, cōgent-, present participle of cōgere, to force : co-, co- + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cōgēns, present active participle of cōgō ("drive together, compel"), from cō + agō ("drive"). (Wiktionary)