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

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 Under all the fog (and there is a lot of it), there isn’t much substance in this production, which clearly prioritizes an aesthetic and a mood over acting, coherence and Shakespeare’s text. Christian Lewis, Variety, 29 Apr. 2022 The exhibition gives due respect to both artist and object, uniting them with coherence and sparkle. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 19 Mar. 2022 Psychologists call these three things coherence, purpose and existential mattering. Joshua Hicks, Scientific American, 15 Apr. 2022 After all, the obligation to political and ethical coherence stops at the moment love starts. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, 7 Mar. 2022 The entries are judged by their sincerity, originality, Alaska inspiration, and the quality and coherence of the writing. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2022 Open debate about options by many voices hasn’t weakened the coherence of the response to Russian aggression. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Mar. 2022 From the moment of onboarding to the trading platform itself to ongoing support, customers should feel a sense of coherence. Jake Levant, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 Even though the company's system tops out at a bit over 20 algorithmic qubits, those qubits have low error rates, can be connected any-to-any, and allow a fair number of operations before losing coherence. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Coherence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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