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Definition sensible and clear; or describing parts as fitting together in a consistent or pleasing manner

A comprehensive dictionary will have more specialized definitions of coherent such as one used in physics.
  • She is more coherent now than she was just after the accident an hour ago.
coherent = sensible and clear; or describing parts as fitting together in a consistent or pleasing manner
  • Her argument is coherent.
  • coherent = sensible and clear
  • He'd try to bring the night into focus, willing coherence, but the effort would only cause distortions.
    Tim O'Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • coherence = logical consistency (in what he saw)
  • She was coherent, but barely; she was tired, the drugs made her woozy, and she kept closing her eyes.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • coherent = able to think logically and express herself clearly
  • She sat twisting her hands together, almost weeping, appealing incoherently to Poirot.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • incoherently = in an unclear manner (not understandable)
    (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incoherently means not and reverses the meaning of coherently. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • It was time to put all of the pieces together, make coherence where before there had been none.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • coherence = clear sense (fitting the parts together in a logical manner)
  • He was completely incoherent when he was drunk, but when sober he was one of the chief philosophers of the Corner.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • incoherent = not logical or not understandable
    (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incoherent means not and reverses the meaning of coherent. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • It was difficult to think or write coherently.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • coherently = in a sensible and clear manner
  • You are unable to think coherently.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • coherently = clearly (in a sensible manner)
  • They're nearly incoherent between the alcohol they've consumed and their ecstasy at being at such a grand affair.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • incoherent = unable to think clearly
    (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incoherent means not and reverses the meaning of coherent. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • He'll be incoherent by the time we reach the Capitol.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • incoherent = unable to think logically
    (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incoherent means not and reverses the meaning of coherent. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • Though her head was still revolving, Mira struggled to keep her speech coherent.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • coherent = sensible and clear
  • wild gestures, incoherent words.
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • incoherent = not understandable (unclear)
    (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incoherent means not and reverses the meaning of coherent. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • About three o'clock the quality of Wilson's incoherent muttering changed - he grew quieter and began to talk about the yellow car.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • incoherent = not sensible, or not said clearly enough to be understood
    (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incoherent means not and reverses the meaning of coherent. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • Men were shaking hands, it did not matter with whom, and bubbling over in a general incoherent babel.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • incoherent = not understandable (unclear)
    (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incoherent means not and reverses the meaning of coherent. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • Now, have I built up any coherent picture of things yet?
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • coherent = clear and sensible
  • ...struggling to form coherent sentences...
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • coherent = logically consistent
  • I was mumbling weak assurances, barely coherent,
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • coherent = reasonable and understandable
  • He tried; nothing came out but an incoherent mumble.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • incoherent = not understandable
    (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incoherent means not and reverses the meaning of coherent. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • Charlie grumbled incoherently at me until the food cut off his garbled complaint.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
incoherently = in an unclear manner (not understandable)
(editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incoherently means not and reverses the meaning of coherently. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)

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