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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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 Part of their magic, parents say, is that the 11 boys have been playing together as a cohesive team for several years. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Longtime Pals on Staten Island Dream Team March to Little League World Series," 21 Aug. 2018 The key to her success was indeed matching her makeup to her ready-to-wear, resulting in a head-to-toe palette that felt cohesive and vibrant. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Scarlett Johansson Does a Wearable Take on One of Spring’s Biggest Beauty Trends," 11 Apr. 2019 Wrapping all these systems into one cohesive package that works all the time will be the key that unlocks our self-driving future. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "When Are Self-Driving Cars Actually Coming?," 25 Apr. 2019 Stylistically, most of these spaces will differ in palette or material, but tie back to a cohesive theme. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Would You Try This Divisive New Bathroom Trend?," 28 Mar. 2019 Now, some people are saying one of the biggest problems for Democrats in 2018, this year, and 2020, the presidential election year, is the party's inability to develop a cohesive message to counter President Trump. Fox News, "Trump touts economy in the heartland," 27 July 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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