co·​he·​sive | \ kō-ˈhē-siv How to pronounce cohesive (audio) , -ziv \

Definition of cohesive

: exhibiting or producing cohesion or coherence a cohesive social unit cohesive soils the cohesive property of clay

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Other Words from cohesive

cohesively adverb
cohesiveness noun

Examples of cohesive in a Sentence

Their tribe is a small but cohesive group. Religion can be used as a cohesive social force.
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First Known Use of cohesive

circa 1731, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cohesive

Latin cohaesus, past participle of cohaerēre "to stick together, cohere" + -ive

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24 Dec 2020

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“Cohesive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cohesive

: closely united
: causing people to be closely united


co·​he·​sive | \ kō-ˈhē-siv, -ziv How to pronounce cohesive (audio) \

Medical Definition of cohesive

: exhibiting or producing cohesion

Other Words from cohesive

cohesively adverb
cohesiveness noun

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