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.
Recent Examples on the Web Through the ever-changing mandates and societal limits, Anderson and her team are gradually becoming a cohesive unit. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Lake volleyball coach has high goals for squad," 23 June 2020 Earn points for collecting tiles that contribute to a cohesive design, such as rows and columns of the same color. NBC News, "Best board games to play in quarantine, according to experts," 19 June 2020 In the end, though, these moments never build into a satisfying and cohesive whole, much less anything like the impactful conclusion of the first game. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "The Last of Us Part 2 review: A less confident, less focused sequel," 12 June 2020 How healthy, deep and cohesive teams show up will be completely unpredictable given their time away from the gym. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Five bold predictions for the long-awaited return of the NBA playoffs," 6 June 2020 The album might have been disjointed, yet MORE & MORE is one of TWICE’s most cohesive albums, in large part because its seven songs build on a progressing storyline. Kat Moon, Time, "The 4 Biggest Takeaways From TWICE's New Album MORE & MORE," 5 June 2020 Rita Katz, a terrorism analyst and the co-founder of SITE Intelligence Group, said the far left has bad actors but that the far right is more cohesive and stages attacks on people as opposed to the far left's targeting of buildings. Anchorage Daily News, "Men wearing Hawaiian shirts and carrying guns add a volatile new element to protests," 3 June 2020 Trump’s delay in forming a cohesive message presented an opportunity for Biden to pitch himself as the candidate who can help restore peace. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "‘Law and order’ vs. ‘Time to listen’: Trump and Biden refine battle messages after messy weekend," 2 June 2020 However, the more upbeat and ambient half of NIN’s new albums is the more cohesive collection of music. cleveland, "Every Nine Inch Nails album ranked, from worst to best," 3 Apr. 2020

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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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27 Jun 2020

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“Cohesive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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