[koh-juh nt] /ˈkoʊ dʒənt/

convincing or believable by virtue of forcible, clear, or incisive presentation; telling.
to the point; relevant; pertinent.
compelling belief or assent; forcefully convincing

1650s, from French cogent “necessary, urgent” (14c.), from Latin cogentem (nominative cogens), present participle of cogere “to curdle; to compel; to collect,” literally “to drive together,” from com- “together” (see co-) + agere “to drive” (see act (n.)).


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