Meaning of “coherent” in the English Dictionary

"coherent" in British English

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uk /kəʊˈhɪə.rənt/ us /koʊˈhɪr.ənt/

C2 If an argument, set of ideas, or a plan is coherent, it is clear and carefully considered, and each part of it connects or follows in a natural or reasonable way.

C2 If someone is coherent, you can understand what that person says:

When she calmed down, she was more coherent (= able to speak clearly and be understood).
adverb uk /kəʊˈhɪə.rə us /koʊˈhɪr.ə

(Definition of “coherent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /koʊˈhɪər·ənt/

writing having its parts related in an organized and reasonable way:

The president has not presented a coherent plan for dealing with it.

Coherent also means expressing yourself clearly:

I should warn you, she’s not always coherent.
adverb /koʊˈhɪər·ənt·li/

He is able to speak coherently about politics.

(Definition of “coherent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)