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

Definition of incoherence

1 : the quality or state of being incoherent
2 : something that is incoherent

Examples of incoherence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Facebook was asked to explain itself, its responses ranged from opacity to baffling incoherence. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "Trump Remains Banned, for Now, but the Problem with Facebook Is Still Facebook," 5 May 2021 But sometimes Raftery’s words jumble into an excited ball of incoherence. Marc Bona, cleveland, "How did CBS do with its coverage of Baylor-Gonzaga NCAA championship?," 6 Apr. 2021 His work proved immensely influential at a time when American architecture was a noisy playpen of competing styles, some of them busy to the point of incoherence. Larry Millett, Star Tribune, "Why 'the prettiest church in Minneapolis' fell to the wrecking ball," 5 Mar. 2021 After four years of Trumpian incoherence and alternative facts, willful ignorance and blatant deceit don’t register on the political radar. Alyson Cole, Fortune, "Breaking the glass slipper: Can Marjorie Taylor Greene succeed as ‘Trump in drag’?," 4 Mar. 2021 Really, though, Wallen’s situation simply shows the term’s incoherence. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why a Disgraced Musician Is Dominating the Charts," 25 Feb. 2021 Any attempt to use some kind of a checklist to determine if all of this should be taken seriously as either a coup or some stable definition of fascism runs the risk of obscuring the incoherence, dynamism, and fundamental danger of these movements. Katie Mcdonough, The New Republic, "Die Laughing at the Capitol," 11 Jan. 2021 Police and medics responded to the New Directions residential drug treatment facility on Nov. 22 for a report of a teenager ingesting alcohol-free sanitizer that caused vomiting and incoherence. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "FBI may be called in as Play Station scam approaches $50,000 mark: Pepper Pike Police Blotter," 28 Nov. 2020 Officials have offered contradictory rationales for the move, which illustrates the incoherence in America’s sanctions-heavy foreign policy. The Economist, "You’re sanctioned! Donald Trump’s sanctions in the Middle East have had little effect," 28 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of incoherence

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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in·​co·​her·​ence | \ ˌin-kō-ˈhir-əns How to pronounce incoherence (audio) \

Kids Definition of incoherence

: the quality or state of not being connected in a clear or logical way


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

Medical Definition of incoherence

: the quality or state of being incoherent

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