Cogent Co"gent, a. [L. cogens, p. pr. of cogere to drive together, to force; co- + agere to drive. See {Agent}, a., and cf. {Coact} to force, {Coagulate}, p. a.] 1. Compelling, in a physical sense; powerful. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The cogent force of nature. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

2. Having the power to compel conviction or move the will; constraining; conclusive; forcible; powerful; not easily reasisted. [1913 Webster]

No better nor more cogent reason. --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster]

Proofs of the most cogent description. --Tyndall. [1913 Webster]

The tongue whose strains were cogent as commands, Revered at home, and felt in foreign lands. --Cowper.

Syn: Forcible; powerful; potent; urgent; strong; persuasive; convincing; conclusive; influential. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.