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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The white shaker cabinets with black handles created a clean, cohesive look together with the elongated subway tile backsplash. Kelsey Murrietta, azcentral, "F-16 pilot and wife seek to put down roots in Scottsdale's DC Ranch. Take a look inside," 4 July 2019 Plus warm wood tones complement the tan rattan creating a more cohesive look. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "Everything I Bought At Pier 1, West Elm and Crate and Barrel for Outdoor Dining," 28 June 2019 According to Davin, achieving a cohesive look is also key. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Mediterranean-Style Houses," 21 June 2019 And like Jay-Z’s 2017 release 4:44, which teamed the rapper exclusively with No I.D., Daytona is a taut, cohesive work that is a full length collaboration with a single producer., "Is Pusha-T's album worth the hype? We say yes," 31 May 2018 Why pick one color when all can collectively look cohesive and cool? Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "9 Pretty Spring 2019 Makeup Trends You're Going to See Everywhere," 5 Mar. 2019 But the implications strike at the very nature of modern labor: Humans and robots are fusing into a cohesive workforce, one that promises to harness the unique skills of both parties. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One," 5 June 2019 Over the past weeks, my book has provided an occasion for conservatives such as Rusty Reno and Ross Douthat to doubt that Americans have the same access to a cohesive sense of national identity and story as European nations do. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Are You, or Have You Ever Been, an American?," 4 June 2019 There are multiple groups that have to come together to create a cohesive team here. Emily Stewart, Vox, "“This is now the new normal”: An expert explains why cybersecurity risks aren’t going away," 26 Aug. 2018

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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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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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