Adjective "coherent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of an argument, theory, or policy) logical and consistent.
  1. 'Somehow out of these nearly antipodal situations a coherent policy of managerial control will have to be fashioned.'
  2. 'In dealing with the above topics various questions emerge: Are coherent theories and testable hypotheses presented?'
  3. 'Their industrial policies are coherent and substantial.'
  4. 'Lacking a clear or coherent argument, the book also lacks anything in the way of vivid anecdote.'
  5. 'These constitute not a coherent theory of history or of liberty but a series of insights that continue to enlighten and inspire.'
  6. 'If we can't construct coherent policies to combat crime effectively, let's just pay it protection money.'
  7. 'Today the politics of these countries become more and more populist: appeals to public opinion rather than to reasoned concepts of coherent policy.'
  8. 'It is not surprising that his administration has failed to produce a systematic, coherent policy on religion.'
  9. 'For example, I doubt that I possess a single, coherent theory of law.'
  10. 'He can put together a coherent policy programme which emphasises sensible reform of the public services and the tax and benefits system.'
  11. 'she was lucid and coherent and did not appear to be injured'
  12. 'By then, he was coherent enough to be able to listen to the twin's conversation.'
  13. 'Thanks to the fellow rider who saw the whole thing, pulled over, and made sure I was coherent.'
  14. 'Now that I am coherent, I can recount our morning.'
  15. 'I'm not coherent and relevant at the best of times, if I'm dead-on-my-feet tired it's even worse.'
  16. 'When he takes his prescription he is not coherent.'
  17. 'A military source at Central Command said: ‘She was coherent and was able to give her rescuers the thumbs up.’'
  18. 'The leader visited the EU today and showed that he is as coherent now as he ever was.'
  19. 'When you and Blake split, you weren't coherent about anything.'
  20. 'Sitting up slowly, she pushed hair out of her eyes and glanced sleepily around, her eyes taking in the room a little more thoroughly now that she was coherent.'
  21. 'But now that I'm finally coherent enough to write again, I went ahead and updated.'
Forming a unified whole.
  1. 'Thus both sources must be read with the knowledge that a complete and coherent truth can never be fully retrieved.'
  2. 'One of the most visually coherent and imposing bodies of work I did see was that produced by a fourth year sculpture student.'
  3. 'As a collection of works the exhibition doesn't seem very unified, it doesn't have a coherent visual voice.'
  4. 'The result is an ongoing series of autobiographical films, one of the most coherent bodies of work in the cinema.'
  5. 'We also have a coherent body of activists who are committed to changing the world.'
  6. 'With this work, he achieves a rare artistic testimony as well as a new step in the very coherent body of his work.'
  7. 'We see the dichotomies, the wealth of paradox and the inherent contradictions but fail to see what it is that unifies them all into a coherent whole in their minds.'
  8. 'The proposed national body would be a coherent group to represent the needs of all female sports in Ireland.'
  9. 'Consequently we have a relatively coherent body of knowledge about ancient Hawaiian healing practices.'
  10. 'They often present a body of traditions and beliefs as coherent and timeless.'
(of waves) having a constant phase relationship.
  1. 'In other words, the phase of the coherent matter wave is well defined but the number of atoms fluctuates from site to site.'
  2. 'A laser is the generator of intense coherent, electromagnetic radiation in the spectral range between ultra violet and infrared wavelengths.'


1. logically connected; consistent: a coherent argument.

2. having a natural or due agreement of parts; harmonious: a coherent design.

3. cohering; sticking together: a coherent mass of sticky candies.

4. Physics, Optics. of or relating to waves that maintain a fixed phase relationship, as in coherent light, or light in which the electromagnetic waves maintain a fixed and predictable phase relationship with each other over a period of time.See also laser.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be coherent in structures."

"legislations can be coherent to advisers."

"cuts can be coherent with behaviours."

"talks can be coherent with approaches."

"increases can be coherent with increases."

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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘logically related to’): from Latin cohaerent- ‘sticking together’, from the verb cohaerere (see cohere).