V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. capable of consistent thought or expression; 2. sticking together; 3. logically or aesthetically consistent and holding together as a whole

Synonyms: articulate, comprehensible, intelligible, logical, lucid, consistent

Antonyms: confusing, incoherent, incomprehensible, unintelligible

Tips: Coherent is derived from the Latin com-, "together" with hærere, "to stick." Think of bringing your thoughts together in a clear and concise way--this is the meaning of coherent. In business and daily life, coherent refers to written or spoken communication expressed clearly, logically, and intelligibly. It can also refer to a coherent argument, one that is consistent in its logic--think again of the Latin origin and how the points of an argument can "come together" and "stick" in a convincing manner. For additional analysis of this Latin origin, see cohesive. Coherent is synonymous with articulate. See articulate for additional analysis.

Usage Examples:

The speechwriter prided himself on his ability to diplomatically relate facts in a coherent manner. (articulate, logical)

His usually coherent thinking became jumbled when stage fright took over. (lucid, logical)

She gave a very compelling and coherent argument, which helped her win the case. (logical, consistent)

She was so disoriented after the accident, that her statements were totally incoherent. (inarticulate, unintelligible)

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