coherent

adjective
co·​her·​ent | \ kō-ˈhir-ənt How to pronounce coherent (audio) , -ˈher-\

Definition of coherent

1a : 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 : having the quality of holding together or cohering especially : cohesive, coordinated a coherent plan for action
3a : relating to or composed of waves having a constant difference in phase coherent light
b : producing coherent light a coherent source

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Other Words from coherent

coherently adverb

Examples of coherent in a Sentence

… 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 He is without a political agenda as he is without a coherent moral sensibility. — Joyce Carol Oates, Entertainment Weekly, 27 July 1990 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 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 He proposed the most coherent plan to improve the schools. They are able to function as a coherent group.
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If groups of students or certain sects of society come forth with a coherent explanation for why a change is needed, it should be acted on rather quickly instead of mulled over through a much-too-long bureaucratic process. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: No reason not to change high school nicknames that are offensive or derogatory," 16 June 2019 Yet despite the sense of movement and haste, the painting is fully coherent. The New York Review of Books, "‘Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice’," 24 Mar. 2019 Together, these fashion choices provide a coherent visual narrative of the British royal family, adorably harkening back to previous happy memories, and emphasizing continuity. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte's Floral Dress Is Shockingly Still Available to Shop," 1 May 2019 Apparently, the applications aren't grammatically coherent enough to pass muster at the USPTO. Marci Robin, Allure, "Olivia Jade’s Beauty Brand Trademark Application May Be Rejected Over Grammatical Errors," 28 Mar. 2019 There’s half a dozen crackerjack scenes in the book (the Ashcroft bedside showdown, his dinner with Trump, learning about his firing) but turning them into a coherent story is going to be tricky. Andy Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, "James Comey's 'A Higher Loyalty': Book Review," 16 Apr. 2018 This is a guy who spent two decades making coherent arguments for things like the tax cuts, for policies like entitlement reform, Maria, things that are not popular inside the beltway. Fox News, "Rep. Goodlatte calls on DOJ to make Comey memos available," 15 Apr. 2018 The neutral particle beam will need to hold a coherent beam over the 1,000 kilometers or so from low-earth orbit to the ground. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Wants to Test a Space-Based 'Particle Beam' by 2023," 18 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, the biggest mystery of Foer’s story — why did Trump and Russia need a computer server to communicate? — now has a coherent answer. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of coherent

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for coherent

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French coherent, borrowed from Latin cohaerent-, cohaerens "touching, adjacent, cohering," from present participle of cohaerēre "to cohere"

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coherent

adjective

English Language Learners 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

coherent

adjective
co·​her·​ent | \ kō-ˈhir-ənt How to pronounce coherent (audio) , -ˈher-\

Kids Definition of coherent

1 : logical and well-organized a coherent speech
2 : to be able to speak well The accident left her shaken but coherent.

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