cohesive

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adjective co·he·sive \kō-ˈhē-siv, -ziv\

Definition of cohesive

  1. :  exhibiting or producing cohesion or coherence a cohesive social unit cohesive soils the cohesive property of clay

cohesively

adverb

cohesiveness

noun

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Examples of cohesive in a Sentence

  1. Their tribe is a small but cohesive group.

  2. Religion can be used as a cohesive social force.

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Origin and Etymology of cohesive

Latin cohaesus, past participle of cohaerēre “to stick together, cohere” + -ive


COHESIVE Defined for English Language Learners

cohesive

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adjective

Definition of cohesive for English Language Learners

  • : closely united

  • : causing people to be closely united


Medical Dictionary

cohesive

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adjective co·he·sive \kō-ˈhē-siv, -ziv\

Medical Definition of cohesive

  1. :  exhibiting or producing cohesion

cohesively

adverb

cohesiveness

noun


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