[in-koh-heer-uh nt, -her-]
- without logical or meaningful connection; disjointed; rambling: an incoherent sentence.
- characterized by such thought or language, as a person: incoherent with rage.
- not coherent or cohering: an incoherent mixture.
- lacking physical cohesion; loose: incoherent dust.
- lacking unity or harmony of elements: an incoherent public.
- lacking congruity of parts; uncoordinated.
- different or incompatible by nature, as things.
- Physics. (of a wave) having a low degree of coherence.Compare coherent(def 4).
Origin of incoherent
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1. confused, irrational, muddled.
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Examples from the Web for incoherent
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Second, the view that corporations have consciences is incoherent.Do Corporations Believe in God? The ‘Hobby Lobby’ Case Has the Answer
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It was from Jack, but so incoherent that I thought he must have lost his reason.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
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February 20, 2014
Yet our distinction between secular and religious buildings would have been incoherent to the ancient Greeks.Virgin Sacrifice and the Meaning of the Parthenon
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Evelyn made some incoherent response, unintelligible to Grace.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
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The sight greatly staggered him, and he was so affected that his account of it was incoherent.The Devil's Dictionary
What an incoherent letter will you have, when I get it to you!Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
At last he spoke, but his words were strange and incoherent.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
Fragments of his life formed the subject of the words, incoherent and disconnected.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
- lacking in clarity or organization; disordered
- unable to express oneself clearly; inarticulate
- physics (of two or more waves) having the same frequency but not the same phaseincoherent light
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Word Origin and History for incoherent
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