Definition of coherence in English:

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Pronunciation: /kə(ʊ)ˈhɪər(ə)ns/


[mass noun]
1The quality of being logical and consistent: this raises further questions on the coherence of state policy
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  • The passion of their position, however, is rarely matched by the coherence of their argument.
  • At the beginning the protagonist is on his death bed, trying desperately to find some coherence to his fragmented life.
  • Nevertheless, for Thagard, there are still ways of shoring up coherence with varying degrees of vigour.
consistency, logicality, good sense, soundness, organization, orderliness, unity;
clarity, articulacy;
intelligibility, comprehensibility
2The quality of forming a unified whole: the group began to lose coherence and the artists took separate directions
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  • The state of the past promised to cohere the nation; such coherence seems impossible today.
  • Still by late in the last quarter Freo had played Sydney back into some sort of coherence.
  • An event with many causal connections plays an important role in maintaining the coherence of the story.



Example sentences
  • Dark, grainy, jerky, and sloppy, with dated psychedelic camera effects, it struggles for coherency, except in its explicit statements about anti-establishment themes.
  • Overall, the spring 2001 collections were lacking fresh ideas and, in some cases, coherency, but there were enough visionary pieces to keep the shows lively.
  • ‘Unless we ensure that we have coherency in our policy, we will lose strategically,’ he said in an interview Friday.

Words that rhyme with coherence

adherence, appearance, clearance, interference, perseverance

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: co|her¦ence

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