Incoherence is a quality of being unclear, disjointed, or nonsensical. The incoherence of the scavenger hunt's instructions resulted in everyone running in different directions looking hopelessly confused.

A political candidate's incoherence usually hurts their chances of winning an election, since no one really understands what they stand for. And if your English teacher comments on the incoherence of your latest essay, you might want to get some extra writing help. When ideas, words, or thoughts don't hold together quite right, that's incoherence. The Latin root is cohaerere, "stick together."

Definitions of incoherence
  1. noun
    lack of cohesion or clarity or organization
    synonyms: incoherency
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    coherence, coherency, cohesion, cohesiveness
    the state of cohering or sticking together
    lacking order or coherence
    type of:
    disconnectedness, disconnection, disjunction, disjuncture
    state of being disconnected
  2. noun
    nonsense that is simply incoherent and unintelligible
    synonyms: incoherency, unintelligibility
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    word salad
    jumble of incoherent speech as sometimes heard in schizophrenia
    type of:
    bunk, hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality
    a message that seems to convey no meaning
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