incoherent

adjective
in·​co·​her·​ent | \ ˌin-kō-ˈhir-ənt How to pronounce incoherent (audio) , -ˈher- \

Definition of incoherent

: lacking coherence: such as
a : lacking normal clarity or intelligibility in speech or thought incoherent with grief
b : lacking orderly continuity, arrangement, or relevance : inconsistent an incoherent essay
c : lacking cohesion : loose

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incoherently adverb

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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.

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web This outcry is the loudest, and the most incoherent, at what is normally the most sober of financial media outlets. George Calhoun, Forbes, 21 June 2021 The day before the opening, Bacon came back from a lunch and found George, who had accompanied him to Paris, drunk and incoherent, in bed with a rent boy. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 But Packer also describes the incoherent response to the pandemic across the political class. George Packer, New York Times, 14 June 2021 Some cyberpolicy critics see Biden's sanctions for SolarWinds spying in more cynical terms: an incoherent, knee-jerk response designed to satisfy anyone who'd accuse the administration of being soft on Russia. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 15 Apr. 2021 Trump’s early denial of the pandemic, active propagation of misinformation about mask-wearing and treatments and incoherent leadership harmed the country as a whole—but the outcome was much worse for some groups than others. Sumit Ganguly, Quartz, 20 May 2021 Trump’s early denial of the pandemic, active propagation of misinformation about mask-wearing and treatments and incoherent leadership harmed the country as a whole – but the outcome was much worse for some groups than others. Dorothy Chin, The Conversation, 18 May 2021 What’s more, shot from that perspective, the scene also winds up being totally incoherent. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 7 May 2021 That officer arrived to find an incoherent Olson, holding the crowbar and a squeegee, and repeatedly tells him to drop the bar. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of incoherent

1599, in the meaning defined above

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“Incoherent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incoherent. Accessed 6 Aug. 2021.

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incoherent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of incoherent

: 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

adjective
in·​co·​her·​ent | \ ˌin-kō-ˈhir-ənt How to pronounce incoherent (audio) \

Kids Definition of incoherent

: not connected in a clear or logical way He was so upset, his speech was incoherent.

Other Words from incoherent

incoherently adverb

incoherent

adjective
in·​co·​her·​ent | \ -ənt How to pronounce incoherent (audio) \

Medical Definition of incoherent

: lacking clarity or intelligibility usually by reason of some emotional stress incoherent speech

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