coherent, cohesive
Both words come from a Latin root related to our word cohere, but their meanings are different. Coherent means ‘logical and consistent’ and is applied to speakers and their arguments. See also cogent. Cohesive means ‘tending to stick together’ and is generally used either physically (as with liquid mixtures, for example) or in abstract contexts:

• He was not able to show that they acted together as a cohesive political force —T. Harris, 1993

• The fate of the cohesive gel implant rests in the results of studies in the years ahead —Cosmetic Surgery Times, 2003.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Coherent — Basisdaten Entwickler Mark Williams Company Version 4.2.10 (1995) Abstammung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • cohérent — cohérent, ente [ kɔerɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1524; lat. cohærens, p. prés. de cohærere « adhérer ensemble » 1 ♦ Didact. Qui présente de la cohérence, de l homogénéité. ⇒ homogène. 2 ♦ Qui se compose de parties compatibles, liées et harmonisées entre… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Coherent — Co*her ent, a. [L. cohaerens, p. pr. See {Cohere}.] 1. Sticking together; cleaving; as the parts of bodies; solid or fluid. Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] 2. Composed of mutually dependent parts; making a logical whole; consistent; as, a coherent plan …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cohérent — cohérent, ente (ko é ran, ran t ) adj. 1°   Qui tient réciproquement ensemble. Les grains du grès sont très cohérents. Les molécules du fer sont bien plus cohérentes que celles du plomb.    En botanique, étamines cohérentes, étamines qui tiennent …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • cohérent — COHÉRENT, ENTE, adj. se dit Des parties d un tout qui sont liées entre elles, et du tout lui même relativement à la liaison de ses parties. Ce raisonnement est cohérent dans toutes ses parties …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • coherent — COHERÉNT, Ă adj. v. coerent. Trimis de IoanSoleriu, 28.06.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  COHERÉNT, Ă adj. v. coerent. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DN …   Dicționar Român

  • coherent — 1550s, from M.Fr. cohérent (16c.), from L. cohaerentem (nom. cohaerens), prp. of cohaerere cohere, from com together (see CO (Cf. co )) + haerere to stick (see HESITATION (Cf. hesitation)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • coherent — I (clear) adjective adapted to the understanding, apparent, apprehensible, articulate, audible, clear cut, cogent, cognizable, cohaerens, comprehensible, concise, congruens, decipherable, defined, definite, direct, discernible, distinct, easily… …   Law dictionary

  • coherent — [adj] understandable articulate, comprehensible, consistent, identified, intelligible, logical, lucid, meaningful, orderly, organized, rational, reasoned, sound, systematic; concept 402 Ant. disorganized, incomprehensible, irrational, not… …   New thesaurus

  • coherent — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of an argument or theory) logical and consistent. 2) able to speak clearly and logically. 3) holding together to form a whole. DERIVATIVES coherence noun coherently adverb …   English terms dictionary

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