coherent

[koh-heer-uhnt, -her-]
adjective
1.
logically connected; consistent: a coherent argument.
2.
cohering; sticking together: a coherent mass of sticky candies.
3.
having a natural or due agreement of parts; harmonious: a coherent design.
4.
Physics, Optics. of or pertaining to waves that maintain a fixed phase relationship, as in coherent light.
Compare laser.


Origin:
1570–80; < Medieval Latin cohērent-, variant of Latin cohaerent- (stem of cohaerēns), present participle of cohaerēre. See cohere, -ent

coherently, adverb
noncoherent, adjective
noncoherently, adverb
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coherent (kəʊˈhɪərənt)
 
adj
1.  capable of logical and consistent speech, thought, etc
2.  logical; consistent and orderly
3.  cohering or sticking together
4.  physics (of two or more waves) having the same phase or a fixed phase difference: coherent light
5.  (of a system of units) consisting only of units the quotient or product of any two of which yield the unit of the resultant quantity
 
co'herently
 
adv

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coherent
1550s, from M.Fr. cohérent, from L. cohærentem (nom. cohærens), prp. of cohærere "cohere," from com- "together" + hærere "to stick" (see hesitation).
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Example sentences
Since they all went at the same time, they are all coherently in phase.
But the fatal objection to any radical relativism or subjectivism is that it
  can't even be coherently stated.
Until one knows how to think coherently without contradicting oneself, he is
  incapable of distinguishing falsehood and truth.
He answered some clearly, and others less coherently.
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