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cogent (adj) (of arguments, reasons, answers, and explanations) convincing.

When a person's arguments, explanations, answers, and reasons for doing something, satisfy us as correct, they are cogent. When your reasons for buying an item of property are considered right by those to whom you give the reasons, your reasons are cogent. Your arguments are cogent, if they are logical, one point following from the other. Your presentation of the features of a thing, or a plan is cogent, if your points in favor of it make people think they are right.

  • None can deny that Solomon's arguments are cogent. His points in favor of introducing the new curriculum have impressed everyone on the committee as correct.
  • Even after hours of interrogation, the police find it difficult to believe what the prisoner says. They feel his answers are not cogent, as some answers contradict the others, making it difficult for the police to know the truth from the lie.
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