from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition or quality of being incoherent.
  • n. Something incoherent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being incoherent.
  • n. Something incoherent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being incoherent; lack of coherence; lack of cohesion or adherence.
  • n. Lack of connection; incongruity; inconsistency; lack of agreement or dependence of one part on another
  • n. That which is incoherent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Want of physical coherence or cohesion; the state or quality of not holding or sticking together; looseness; separateness of parts: as, the incoherence of particles of sand; the incoherence of a fluid.
  • n. Want of coherence or connection in thought or speech; incongruity; inconsequence; inconsistency; want of agreement or dependence of one part on another: as, incoherence of arguments, facts, or principles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. nonsense that is simply incoherent and unintelligible
  • n. lack of cohesion or clarity or organization


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  • Hurt's incoherence is not readily apparent in his television ads or stump speech, where he can control the message and where, in front of friendly audiences, his positions are not subject to critique and rebuttal, or he can otherwise simply refuse to acknowledge or answer questions.

    The sublime incoherence of Robert Hurt

  • After all, if you think incoherence is “right” I think that must mean that you too are incoherent.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » California’s Woes and Prop 13

  • The only incoherence is being spewed from your keyboard, as AIG & Lehman were HUGE MORTGAGE COMPANIES ...

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • There's a certain incoherence running through the release, though, which can't seem to decide whether they're trying to accuse Kerry of being a liar (because no foreign leaders have publicly endorsed him) or a dupe (because foreign leaders really do support him).

    March 2004

  • For example, in psychiatric terms, a zombi might be called a catatonic schizophrenic; both conditions are characterized by incoherence and catalepsy with alternate moments of stupor and activity.

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

  • As for the tea parties; the ideological incoherence is an outgrowth of the Republican Party’s ideological incoherence; the Republican Party’s inability to deliver on its mutually contradictory stated policy goals has discredited it, but not, apparently, the policy goals.

    Matthew Yglesias » How Popular is the Tea Party Movement?

  • The main (and best) criticism of sham-liberal politics is incoherence, which is what leads to it's collapse.

    That Broon meme

  • Although...the incoherence could be a side effect of my continued insomnia--I've been either lying awake until 4, or waking up at 2 for a few hours, almost every other night, even though I ran out of my exciting cough medicine last week.


  • His incoherence was a shameless admission of relief.

    Far to Seek A Romance of England and India

  • This pattern of presenting inconsistent positions with no apparent recognition of their incoherence is another hallmark of this president's storytelling. Top headlines


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