Articulate vs Incoherent - What's the difference?

articulate | incoherent |

As adjectives the difference between articulate and incoherent

is that articulate is clear, effective while incoherent is incoherent (not coherent).

As a noun articulate

is (label) an animal of the subkingdom articulata.

As a verb articulate

is to make clear or effective.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




Etymology 1



(en adjective)
  • clear, effective
  • especially, speaking in a clear or effective manner
  • able to bend or hinge at certain points or intervals
  • Expressed in articles or in separate items or particulars.
  • (Francis Bacon)
  • Related to human speech, as distinct from the vocalisation of animals.
  • * 1728 , James Knapton and John Knapton, Cyclopaedia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences , page 146:
  • Brutes cannot form articulate'' Sounds, cannot ''articulate the Sounds of the Voice, excepting some few Birds, as the Parrot, Pye, &c.
    * (good at speaking) eloquent, well-spoken


    (en noun)
  • (label) An animal of the subkingdom Articulata.
  • Etymology 2

    From the adjective.


  • To make clear or effective.
  • To speak clearly; to enunciate.
  • I wish he’d articulate his words more clearly.
  • To explain; to put into words; to make something specific.
  • I like this painting, but I can’t articulate why.
  • To bend or hinge something at intervals, or to allow or build something so that it can bend.
  • an articulated bus
  • (music) to attack a note, as by tonguing, slurring, bowing, etc.
  • Articulate that passage heavily.
  • (anatomy) to form a joint or connect by joints
  • The lower jaw articulates with the skull at the temporomandibular joint.
  • (obsolete) To treat or make terms.
  • (Shakespeare)
    Derived terms



    Alternative forms

    * (archaic)


    (en adjective)
  • Lacking coherence or agreement; incongruous; inconsistent; not logically connected.
  • The same rambling, incoherent manner. — Bishop Warburton.
  • Not physically coherent; loose; unconnected.
  • (Woodward)


    * coherent