cohesive

adjective
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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That community was mostly made up of women in their teens and early 20s, which was cohesive as a demographic but wildly disparate in legal ramifications, as Dash put it. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Tumblr’s porn ban could be its downfall — after all, it happened to LiveJournal," 6 Dec. 2018 Duffy does an admirable job of weaving the tales from her letters – which date from the 1940s to the 1990s – into a cohesive story. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Review: For Love, Sir - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018 The Surface Laptop is quite literally Microsoft’s most cohesive effort yet. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "How to pick the Microsoft Surface that’s right for you," 2 Aug. 2018 Conversations with diplomats and senior officials in Kabul suggest that the unilateral cease-fire announced by the government had not been coordinated with the Taliban or the outcome of a broader, cohesive peace effort. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "Taliban Announce Brief Cease-Fire, Offering Afghans Hope for Lull in War," 9 June 2018 Their looks were cohesive, yet highly individual—just like the Ross family themselves. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Diana Ross and Her Family Take Holiday Style to Diva-Worthy New Heights," 23 Nov. 2018 Influencers run all their photos through a specific preset in order to cultivate a specific aesthetic and make their feed look cohesive. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook has a growing morale problem," 15 Nov. 2018 To what extent are some of our difficulties figuring out how to conceptualize repentance, as a society, the result of lacking a cohesive, shared vocabulary within which to contextualize what forgiveness and repentance mean? Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "A scholar of forgiveness explains what makes a good public apology for sexual misconduct," 24 Sep. 2018 Teams working on Yahoo Mail and Yahoo’s home page were merged and charged with creating a more cohesive user experience. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Verizon To Lay Off 7% of Media Group Staff," 23 Jan. 2019

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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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cohesive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cohesive

: closely united
: causing people to be closely united

cohesive

adjective
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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