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incoherence

[in-koh-heer-uh ns, -her-] /ˌɪn koʊˈhɪər əns, -ˈhɛr-/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being incoherent.
2.
something incoherent; an incoherent statement, article, speech, etc.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; in-3 + coherence
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  • Where murk obscures the world, the problem is insufficient information, not underlying incoherence.
  • Yet, in spite of formlessness and incoherence in statement, the underlying body of doctrine is remarkably consistent.
  • Their inconsistency, even incoherence, over getting creditors to pay has done much to spread contagion.
  • At first glance, she seems guilty of ideological incoherence.
  • The point often seems to be a special form of incoherence.
  • Though it's on the topic of memes and spandrels that his incoherence really come into their own.
  • Cheeks start to get ruddy, and acceptance speeches stumble into incoherence.
  • The writers at the party could be identified by the incoherence bubbling up on their stained-tie surfaces.
  • But disarray among top personnel is almost always a sign of a larger incoherence.
  • We used a full factorial design that crossed referential ambiguity with semantic incoherence.
Word Origin and History for incoherence
n.

1610s, formed from in- (1) "not" + coherence on model of Italian incoerenza.

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