Incoherent In`co*her"ent, a. [Pref. in- not + coherent: cf. F. incoh['e]rent.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not coherent; wanting cohesion; loose; unconnected; physically disconnected; not fixed to each; -- said of material substances. --Woodward. [1913 Webster]

2. Lacking logical coherence or agreement; incongruous; inconsistent; having no dependence of one part on another; logically disconnected; rambling; -- of speech or discourse. ``The same rambling, incoherent manner.'' --Bp. Warburton. [1913 Webster]

3. Exhibiting incoherent[2] speech or thought; -- of people; as, a confused and incoherent accident victim. [PJC]

4. Lacking harmony or congruity of parts. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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