co·he·sive | \kō-ˈhē-siv, -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 French showed why and how a cohesive team will always trump a squad built around the whims of an individual, and came roaring back to win 4-3 and book a spot in the quarterfinals. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Messi comes up short again, new star arises as France eliminates Argentina at World Cup," 30 June 2018 Now Mexico faces a tight, cohesive Swedish team that outshot and outpossessed South Korea to win its opener before conceding ball control against Germany, which needed five minutes of stoppage time to find the winning goal. Kevin Baxter,, "Mexico goal is to win group, not just qualify for next round," 25 June 2018 But een with just 51 Republicans in the Senate — and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., unwell and out of Washington — a cohesive Republican caucus could limit Democrats influence. NBC News, "McConnell went 'nuclear' to confirm Gorsuch. But Democrats changed Senate filibuster rules first.," 28 June 2018 With nearly 50 actors, directors, and creatives on hand for the shoot, Duke took special care to keep the fashion used throughout cohesive. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Netflix’s ‘A Great Day in Hollywood’ Got its Fashion Flavor," 25 June 2018 That result highlighted what a cohesive, humble team can accomplish, and England was always tarred (or behaved) as the opposite. Brian Straus,, "England's New Three Lions Appear to Be a Different Animal at This World Cup," 24 June 2018 Fortunately, when the new addition was added, attention was paid to making sure the old and new sections had a cohesive look. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stone farmhouse in Cedarburg has grown but kept its rustic vibe," 12 July 2018 However, with 10 minutes on the clock, Arsenal were yet to have a shot at goal, and the Emirates Stadium crowd began to become frustrated with their side's lack of cohesive play., "Arsenal 3-0 Stoke City: Gunners Leave it Late to Seal Win As Plucky Potters Suffer Dramatic Collapse," 1 Apr. 2018 Gather dough into a cohesive but slightly shaggy ball. Sunset, "Manresa Bread’s Buttery Biscuits," 22 Jan. 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 \

Medical Definition of cohesive 

: exhibiting or producing cohesion

Other Words from cohesive

cohesively adverb
cohesiveness noun

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a state of commotion or excitement

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