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

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Surely such incoherence is part of what has led voters to reject them. William Easterly, WSJ, "‘The Levelling’ Review: Masters Versus the Masses," 17 June 2019 Mathematical logic was developed with the hope of placing mathematics on firm foundations — as an axiomatic system, free of contradiction, that could keep reasoning from slipping into incoherence. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem Doesn’t Need to Be Enhanced," 3 June 2019 The resulting transcripts of their conversations, usually beginning in medias res, are masterpieces of comic incoherence and pop up now and again throughout the novel. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Transcription’ Review: Heard During Wartime," 20 Sep. 2018 But a combination of incoherence and stubbornness seems to have paralyzed the administration on this topic. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Is Trump Actually Going to Do Anything About Family Separation?," 20 June 2018 But there’s quite a lot of strategic incoherence on display, even in Parneros’s brief reign. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is Barnes & Noble Too Big to Fail?," 6 July 2018 In a world that often fails to recognize true values, those of us who seek to evangelize the culture run the risk of drowning in incoherence or submitting to the temptations of worldly idols. Nr Interview, National Review, "Capturing a Spiritual Father’s Freedom and Wisdom," 12 Jan. 2018 The seeming incoherence between those consecutive clauses was followed by other bewildering statements in the letter, which was apparently dictated word-for-word by Trump to an aide. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump’s canceled North Korea summit sums up his chaotic foreign policy," 25 May 2018 In China Team Trump is accused of incoherence and not knowing what its own side wants. The Economist, "China has put missiles on islands in the South China Sea," 10 May 2018

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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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