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Dictionary Definition

coherent adj
1 marked by an orderly, logical, and aesthetically consistent relation of parts; "a coherent argument" [ant: incoherent]
2 capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner; "a lucid thinker"; "she was more coherent than she had been just after the accident" [syn: logical, lucid]
3 sticking together; "two coherent sheets"; "tenacious burrs" [syn: tenacious]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • italbrac RP /kəˈhɪə.rənt/
  • italbrac US /koʊˈhɛrənt/


  1. Sticking together
  2. Orderly, logical and consistent.
  3. Aesthetically ordered
  4. Of waves having the same direction, wavelength and phase, as light in a laser.


Derived terms


sticking together
orderly, logical and consistent
of waves having the same direction, wavelength and phase

Extensive Definition

Coherence or coherent can refer to:
In philosophy

See also

coherent in Czech: Koherence
coherent in German: Kohärenz
coherent in Italian: Coerenza
coherent in Norwegian: Koherens (andre betydninger)
coherent in Polish: Koherencja
coherent in Finnish: Koherenssi

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