Definition of coherence in English:

coherence

noun

mass noun
  • 1The quality of being logical and consistent.

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

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

Pronunciation

coherence

/kə(ʊ)ˈhɪərəns//kə(ʊ)ˈhɪər(ə)ns/