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.
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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