Definition of coherence in English:


Line breaks: co|her¦ence
Pronunciation: /kə(ʊ)ˈhɪər(ə)ns
, kə(ʊ)ˈhɪərəns/


[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.



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  • 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.

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