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 tragedy of Trump’s musings is less about their incoherence than about the opportunities wasted—the loss of a platform that could have been used to help Americans make sense of this dire moment. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Why It’s Important Not to Drink Bleach," 24 Apr. 2020 Donald Trump has been profligate in his attacks on the Democratic candidates for President, but Super Tuesday, with its unexpected string of victories for Joe Biden, pushed him to new heights of incoherence. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Biden, Sanders, and Trump, After Super Tuesday," 8 Mar. 2020 Regardless, Nielson’s statement betrays the fundamental incoherence of the Trump administration’s policy on Dreamers. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Why the Trump Administration’s DACA Policy Is Indefensible," 16 Jan. 2018 Mr Trump’s tactical aim is to help the economy in an election year; China is happy to buy time. Geopolitical incoherence is neither safe nor stable. The Economist, "The superpower split Don’t be fooled by the trade deal between America and China," 2 Jan. 2020 This political incoherence won’t produce better results at the border or break the stalemate in Congress over immigration. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Incoherent on Immigration," 9 Apr. 2019 The apparent incoherence of U.S. policy here is clear. James Longman, ABC News, "For many Kurds, the US is all they have left: Reporter's Notebook," 13 Feb. 2020 Donald Trump’s election exposed the irrelevance of conservative intellectuals — and thereby, the incoherence of many a liberal publication’s mission statement. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The Liberal Media Can Have Ideological Diversity Without Conservatives," 6 May 2018 Google typically tries a host of technology and business strategies to the point of incoherence. Washington Post, "Google Throws Fitbit Into Its Stew of Uncertainty," 1 Nov. 2019

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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 29 May. 2020.

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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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