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Examples of incoherent in a Sentence
The fever made her incoherent.
He was very upset and practically incoherent after the accident.
The memo is completely incoherent.
Recent Examples of incoherent from the Web
The greater problem is that his argument is an incoherent jumble, almost wholly devoid of logical rigor.
One of two other people in the home called 911, saying his friend was incoherent.
The result is a spectacularly assaultive, borderline incoherent neo-western that will recruit few new converts but is also guaranteed to leave no spectator indifferent.
From a policy perspective, this strategy is incoherent.
The argument ends with Rachel walking up the stairs as an incoherent mess, leaving behind a dumbfounded Fabian who yells his not-so-sincere apology to her.
His microphone becomes disconnected, prompting an obscene rant from Francisco followed by more incoherent comments.
Those films shared a dour vision, and were broadly panned by critics as mean-spirited and frequently incoherent.
They are critically reviled, written off as overstuffed and incoherent mish-moshes of extravagant explosions, loud noises, product placements, scantily clad women and terrible dialogue.
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Did You Know?
Something that is coherent holds or sticks together firmly, with resistance to separation (that is, it coheres). Coherent, ultimately from the Latin co- ("together") and haerēre ("to stick or cling"), entered English in the 16th century and almost from the beginning was used both of physical things ("coherent stone") and of things which hold together in a much less palpable way ("coherent thoughts"). Its antonym, incoherent, entered the language about three-quarters of a century later. Like coherent, incoherent can be applied to both the tangible and the intangible. But, whether we are speaking of sand or logic, all things incoherent have one thing in common: they do not hold together, literally or figuratively, in a unified or intelligible whole.
First Known Use of incoherent
Synonymschoppy, disconnected, disjointed, unconnected
Related Wordsbaffling, bewildering, confounding, confused, confusing, disordered, disorderly, disorganized, muddled, perplexing, puzzling, unorganized; disconcerting, frustrating; fallacious, illogical, inconsistent, invalid, irrational, unsound; absurd, asinine, bizarre, curious, eccentric, foolish, odd, outlandish, outré, peculiar, screwy, strange, unreasonable, unusual, weird; meaningless, nonsensical, nutty, preposterous, ridiculous, senseless, silly; unconvincing; inexplicable, unaccountable, unexplainable
Near Antonymsordered, orderly, organized, systematic, systematized; logical, rational, reasonable, sensible, solid, sound, valid; cogent, compelling, convincing, persuasive, plausible, satisfying; clear, clear-cut, lucid, perspicuous, transparent, unambiguous, unequivocal, unmistakable
INCOHERENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of incoherent for English Language Learners
: not able to talk or express yourself in a clear way that can be easily understood
: not logical or well-organized : not easy to understand
INCOHERENT Defined for Kids
Definition of incoherent for Students
- He was so upset, his speech was incoherent.
medical Definition of incoherent
- incoherent speech
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