Definition of coherence in English:



  • 1The quality of being logical and consistent:

    ‘this raises further questions on the coherence of state policy’
    • ‘That is the underlying problem of coherence in contemporary Western ideology.’
    • ‘Let's start out by noting that the arguments about coherence go both ways.’
    • ‘Insights from a number of different theories will be drawn upon to give meaning and coherence in the substantive sections.’
    • ‘The coherence of wit is an excellent measure of adequacy.’
    • ‘In some ways, it epitomises what I dislike about branding practice: too much promise, not enough coherence.’
    • ‘With its inner coherence broken the National Curriculum staggers on, fatally wounded.’
    • ‘The passion of their position, however, is rarely matched by the coherence of their argument.’
    • ‘Also for coherence, the cooking portion of the program concludes with still photographs of each chef's set of prepared dishes.’
    • ‘People working the trades would also benefit from greater clarity and coherence of safety advice and guidance.’
    • ‘Readers were either presented with one text version twice (high or low coherence), or with both text versions.’
    • ‘The accuracy of this model is in the coherence of the data.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, for Thagard, there are still ways of shoring up coherence with varying degrees of vigour.’
    • ‘The accessibility and coherence of this book are among its main strengths.’
    • ‘Initially, we were concerned with the difficulties that students would face without a comprehensive textbook to provide coherence.’
    • ‘Landow argues that links in hypertext convey coherence, suggesting some sense of expressing a pre-existing connection or relation.’
    • ‘Interconnectedness among its components, together with its comprehensiveness, determine a system's degree of coherence.’
    • ‘But distinctly national policies persist and policy coherence remains elusive.’
    • ‘At the beginning the protagonist is on his death bed, trying desperately to find some coherence to his fragmented life.’
    • ‘Consequently, I have imposed a perhaps too great coherence on Crain's narrative.’
    • ‘Anyone wanting a sense of either the broad methodological coherence of this rapprochement or its sometimes bewildering thematic complexity will find resource here.’
    consistency, logicality, good sense, soundness, organization, orderliness, unity
    clarity, articulacy
    intelligibility, comprehensibility
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  • 2The quality of forming a unified whole:

    ‘the group began to lose coherence and the artists took separate directions’
    • ‘The state of the past promised to cohere the nation; such coherence seems impossible today.’
    • ‘It seems that the contingency of each individual chapter never contributes to an overall coherence.’
    • ‘We have some record of arguments used to maintain the coherence of chthonic peoples, faced with varying forms of western proselytism.’
    • ‘An event with many causal connections plays an important role in maintaining the coherence of the story.’
    • ‘I thought we lacked a little coherence the first night.’
    • ‘The new system has the merit of coherence: the work of each committee is directed to a specific government department.’
    • ‘The end sequences are especially sloppy flipping from one fight sequence to another with no real coherence.’
    • ‘For example, the loss of coherence in a plan of care that occurs during changes of shift is a kind of gap.’
    • ‘Agencies have worked across purposes and there needs to be coherence to the process.’
    • ‘Still, the stories seamlessly and skillfully intercut, and the film retains a hypnotic coherence.’
    • ‘Still by late in the last quarter Freo had played Sydney back into some sort of coherence.’
    • ‘Its coherence is helped by the fact that this is also an album with a message.’
    • ‘But the committee doesn't seem to have much political coherence.’
    • ‘Roman law, which he knew quite a lot about, he treated with deep respect as indispensable for the coherence of society.’
    • ‘But the insurgency lacks the ideological coherence or organization it would need to grow into a more formidable force.’
    • ‘There was no coherence to the dance repertoire.’
    • ‘To their credit the Greens have listened and learned, acquiring a new coherence and hard-headedness.’
    • ‘Factionalism implies a degree of coherence or constraint in a group's position on issues: we expect certain policy positions to go together.’
    • ‘"We are working towards systemic coherence rather than negating the value of the new certificate."’
    • ‘Ambivalence reflects the amount of conflict within or between components of attitudes, whereas inconsistency reflects coherence (or similarity) between components.’