co·​her·​ence | \ kō-ˈhir-ən(t)s How to pronounce coherence (audio) , -ˈher- How to pronounce coherence (audio) \

Definition of coherence

1 : the quality or state of cohering: such as
a : 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

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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 on the Web World Psychiatry showed that elements of speech such as coherence and the frequency of possessive pronouns (words like his, her, my or mine) can predict, with an accuracy of 83%, whether someone at risk for psychosis will actually become psychotic. Daniel Barron, WSJ, "The Rise of Big Data Psychiatry," 29 Apr. 2021 The commission is working with U.S. Homeland Security on a system for the recognition Americans' vaccination certificates, — referred to as vaccine passports — including in terms of ensuring coherence and compatibility. Josh Rivera, USA TODAY, "Vaccinated Americans might be able to add Europe to their summer travel plans," 25 Apr. 2021 The group’s coherence and collective subtlety rival that of a string quintet, and when the Bohemian fire kicks in, the temperature runs hotter than hot. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra spins wonder, delight with eclectic “Musical Magicians” program," 23 Apr. 2021 Meaning is your purpose for existence, an inner decision, coherence and self-worth. Yec, Forbes, "Using Your Signature Strengths," 12 Apr. 2021 Those rings would make an image blurry, but Betzig and his team have found a way to use destructive coherence to get rid of the rings all together. Jen Christiansen, Scientific American, "No-Kill, High-Resolution 3-D Movies of Cells Now Possible," 21 May 2013 Neel’s embrace of awkwardness was a rebuke to those who would elevate style and coherence over the messiness of human content. Washington Post, "Alice Neel was the greatest American portraitist of the 20th century. Her work continues to astonish.," 25 Mar. 2021 This one-minute technique allows the group members to self-regulate their emotions and behaviors, which is essential for team coherence. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "14 Effective Tactics For Coaches Running Peer-To-Peer Groups," 11 Mar. 2021 These details are well known; the scale suggests a coherence of intent that no state in the West achieved. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "The Good, the Bad, and the Embarrassing in America’s COVID-19 Response," 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of coherence

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coherence

coher(ent) + -ence, after Latin cohaerentia

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The first known use of coherence was circa 1580

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6 May 2021

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“Coherence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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