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>
3a : relating to or composed of waves having a constant difference in phase <coherent light>b : producing coherent light <a coherent source>
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.
Origin and Etymology of coherent
Medieval French or Latin; Medieval French cohérent, from Latin cohaerent-, cohaerens, present participle of cohaerēre —see cohere
First Known Use: circa 1555
COHERENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of coherent for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of coherent for Students
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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