Definition of coherence
1 : the quality or state of cohering: such asa : systematic or logical connection or consistency The essay as a whole lacks coherence.b : integration of diverse elements, relationships, or values “The various parts of this house—discrete in color, in shape, in placement—join together with remarkable coherence.” — Paul Goldberger
2 : the property of being coherent a plan that lacks coherence
Examples of coherence in a Sentence
the house has been expanded and remodeled so many times that now it's a jumbled mess that lacks coherence
Recent Examples of coherence from the Web
Landrieu wanted to bring some coherence to how New Orleans dealt with its infrastructure.
It not only maps onto our intellect as a joke does, or our emotions as a rant does, but gives us a sense of truth and coherence.
But the state of his own movement, though humming along at the grassroots level with a coherence unusual for the left, suffers from at least one very familiar problem: the lack of a bench at the highest echelons.
The emphasis on increased coherence between tax treaties will change how multinationals set up their tax structures, said Tim Wach, managing director at Taxand, a Canadian tax advisory firm.
Admittedly, Roy sometimes sacrifices coherence in favor of her story’s hurtling movement.
Premiering in competition, the French auteur's L'amant double certainly won't win any prizes for taste, coherence or originality.
There’s bracing humor too, if not a moment-by-moment coherence, in this mashup.
The word’s power—and therefore its coherence, its licitness as language—is impossible to understand without a glance at the history of race-rooted subjugation in America.
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