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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.
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
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
: not connected in a clear or logical way He was so upset, his speech was incoherent.
Medical Definition of incoherent
: lacking clarity or intelligibility usually by reason of some emotional stress incoherent speech
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