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[in-koh-heer-uh ns, -her-] /ˌɪn koʊˈhɪər əns, -ˈhɛr-/
the quality or state of being incoherent.
something incoherent; an incoherent statement, article, speech, etc.
Origin of incoherence
First recorded in 1605-15; in-3 + coherence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the incoherence and shapelessness of the greater part of her verse are fatal.

    Ponkapog Papers Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • The incoherence of the Journal suddenly glides into an adagio.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • But man is nothing but surprise, contradiction, incoherence, and folly.

    A Chambermaid's Diary Octave Mirbeau
  • They attributed it to incoherence, arising from the shock of the unexpected catastrophe.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • This is exactly what scientific philosophers do when they are driven into a corner and convicted of incoherence.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
Word Origin and History for incoherence

1610s, formed from in- (1) "not" + coherence on model of Italian incoerenza.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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