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 The death of al-Qaeda’s leader is an opportune moment to reflect on the dangerous incoherence of the Biden administration’s foreign policy. Ilan Berman, National Review, 5 Aug. 2022 Some of this incoherence points to the plight of female ambition, its endless negotiations between egoism and self-effacement, toughness and delicacy. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 Another week, another example of the Biden Administration’s energy incoherence. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 13 May 2022 If the shifts in Julia’s personality are perhaps too sudden, compacted into the course of one weekend, that slight incoherence is one of the play’s pleasures. New York Times, 8 May 2022 Ideological incoherence is the main threat to the Western alliance, but a close second can be found in the West’s imperial center—the U.S. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 24 Mar. 2022 Unfortunately, this incoherence carries real-life consequences. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 12 Mar. 2022 The poetic is not merely beauty in language, but beauty in incoherence, in resistance to common sense. Elisa Gabbert, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 The school ban also signals incoherence in the Taliban’s policy toward girls’ education. NBC News, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of incoherence

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Incoherence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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