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adjective co·her·ent \kō-ˈhir-ənt, -ˈher-\

Simple Definition of coherent

  • : logical and well-organized : easy to understand

  • : able to talk or express yourself in a clear way that can be easily understood

  • : working closely and well together

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of coherent

  1. 1 a :  logically or aesthetically ordered or integrated :  consistent <coherent style> <a coherent argument> b :  having clarity or intelligibility :  understandable <a coherent person> <a coherent passage>

  2. 2 :  having the quality of holding together or cohering; especially :  cohesive, coordinated <a coherent plan for action>

  3. 3 a :  relating to or composed of waves having a constant difference in phase <coherent light> b :  producing coherent light <a coherent source>

coherently adverb

Examples of coherent in a sentence

  1. … the diaries and the novels demonstrate how a novelist tweaks and grooms reality into something more structured and coherent than life as it is lived. —Penelope Lively, Atlantic, February 2001

  2. He is without a political agenda as he is without a coherent moral sensibility. —Joyce Carol Oates, Entertainment Weekly, 27 July 1990

  3. At times, without my insisting on it, my writings become coherent; the successive elements that occur to me are clearly related. —William Stafford, Writing the Australian Crawl, 1978

  4. This time the song was old, a pattern of rhythmic monosyllables which had lost coherent meaning somewhere in time. —Tony Hillerman, The Blessing Way, 1970

  5. He proposed the most coherent plan to improve the schools.

  6. They are able to function as a coherent group.

Origin of coherent

Middle French or Latin; Middle French cohérent, from Latin cohaerent-, cohaerens, present participle of cohaerēre (see cohere)

First Known Use: circa 1555

Rhymes with coherent

COHERENT Defined for Kids


adjective co·her·ent \kō-ˈhir-ənt, -ˈher-\

Definition of coherent for Students

  1. 1 :  logical and well-organized <a coherent speech>

  2. 2 :  to be able to speak well <The accident left her shaken but coherent.>

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a timid, meek, or unassertive person

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