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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 of incoherence
1605-1615
1605-15; in-3 + coherence
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  • But the incoherence and shapelessness of the greater part of her verse are fatal.

    Ponkapog Papers Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • Verelst, swallowing his disappointment, retorted: "incoherence is easy too."

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • But man is nothing but surprise, contradiction, incoherence, and folly.

    A Chambermaid's Diary Octave Mirbeau
  • The incoherence of the dream seems to me easy enough to explain.

    Dreams Henri Bergson
  • This is exactly what scientific philosophers do when they are driven into a corner and convicted of incoherence.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
Word Origin and History for incoherence
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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