In logic, the term describing an inductive argument with a true premise, a probably true conclusion, and a "good link" between premise and conclusion (i.e. strong argument). In other words, cogent = strong argument + all true premises. Contrast with uncogent.

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.]

The cogent force of nature. Prior.

2.

Having the power to compel conviction or move the will; constraining; conclusive; forcible; powerful; not easily reasisted.

No better nor more cogent reason. Dr. H. More.

Proofs of the most cogent description. Tyndall.

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.

 

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