[in-koh-heer-uhnt, -her-]


Origin of incoherent

First recorded in 1620–30; in-3 + coherent
Related formsin·co·her·ent·ly, adverb

Synonyms for incoherent

1. confused, irrational, muddled. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for incoherently

Contemporary Examples of incoherently

  • Harold Ford is exiting the New York Senate race the same way he almost entered it: incoherently.

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    Harold Ford's Bumbling Exit

    Peter Beinart

    March 3, 2010

Historical Examples of incoherently

  • "I didn't—The last letter wasn't like the first," she said, incoherently, but it seemed he understood.

  • But they are incoherently viewed and urged; they do not as yet form a national creed.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • Incoherently she started to tell the whole story over again.


    Stephen French Whitman

  • "I've just had the most lovely idea," said Allie incoherently.

    In Blue Creek Caon

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • He spoke so quickly and incoherently that Elsie could not make out what he was saying.

British Dictionary definitions for incoherently



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
Derived Formsincoherence, incoherency or incoherentness, nounincoherently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incoherently



1620s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + coherent. Related: Incoherently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper