co·​her·​en·​cy | \ kō-ˈhir-ən(t)-sē How to pronounce coherency (audio) , -ˈher- \
plural coherencies

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Recent Examples on the Web The Associated Press reports, however, there was no coherency to the openings, as some regional governors and shops still decided to stay closed for now. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 13-14," 24 Apr. 2020 Because that's what happens for the rest of the episode, just with a deteriorating level of coherency. Jodi Walker,, "Real Housewives of New York City," 17 Apr. 2020 As a laser beam travels through tiny droplets of water in fog, ice crystals in snow, and ash from fires, the laser strikes them and rapidly loses coherency. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "So...Should We Put Lasers on Tanks?," 19 Mar. 2020 After the swimmer returns to full coherency, they’re typically moved to a hot shower or hot tub for further rewarming. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "All About Ice Swimming, the Extreme Sport Where Athletes Compete in Sub-Freezing Water," 23 Aug. 2018 Ellison’s work often challenged characterization—and sometimes coherency—even as the author also railed against publishers and media companies that devalued his and others’ contributions. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "5 Great Works From Acclaimed Sci-Fi Author Harlan Ellison, Who Died at 84," 29 June 2018 There is no real coherency to the skits, but pay attention. Trevor Fraser,, "'Help! I’m American' at Orlando Fringe Festival," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of coherency

1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coherency

coher(ent) + -ency, after Latin cohaerentia

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“Coherency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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