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coherent
used in The Great Gatsby

4 uses
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Definition
sensible and clear; or describing parts as fitting together in a consistent or pleasing manner
  • About three o'clock the quality of Wilson's incoherent muttering changed - he grew quieter and began to talk about the yellow car.
    Chapter 8 (64% in)
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.)
  • A subdued impassioned murmur was audible in the room beyond, and Miss Baker leaned forward unashamed, trying to hear. The murmur trembled on the verge of coherence, sank down, mounted excitedly, and then ceased altogether.
    Chapter 1 (70% in)
  • coherence = being clear enough to understandable
  • Presently Tom lifted his head with a jerk and, after staring around the garage with glazed eyes, addressed a mumbled incoherent remark to the policeman.
    Chapter 7 (80% in)
  • 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.)
  • On the last night, with my trunk packed and my car sold to the grocer, I went over and looked at that huge incoherent failure of a house once more.
    Chapter 9 (94% in)
incoherent = inconsistent or incomprehensible

(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.)
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