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 film’s fully cohesive mise en scène presents its ideas more loudly and clearly than anything that’s actually taking place on screen. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist still resonates today," 3 Dec. 2018 With the cohesive software package, no crapware, and day-one updates, this is the only Android package that approaches iOS. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware," 15 Oct. 2018 Some people’s less-than-perfect work is still outstanding, and all three Sketch pieces showcased inventive artists with focused vision and the skill to build cohesive structure around the chaos of experimentation. Claudia Bauer,, "SF choreographer Amy Seiwert’s risky Sketch lab pays off," 29 June 2018 Despite his music’s wailing and thrashing, and ever-changing moods and tempos, the works were cohesive and rooted in jazz traditions. Marc Myers, WSJ, "‘Jazz in Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Selden’ by Charles Mingus Review: The Jazz Star’s Rocky Year," 5 Nov. 2018 Each restaurant places a great deal of emphasis on experience, and that was also achieved as a larger cohesive group. Kate Klausner, Vogue, "Bon Appétit Brings the Country’s Hottest Culinary Talent to Brooklyn," 18 Oct. 2018 Chef Anita Jaisinghani's creations are colorful, spicy, and cohesive. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Restaurants in Houston," 1 Oct. 2018 The different ensembles formed a cohesive group and gave a powerful performance of Orff’s cantata. Jessica Rudman,, "HSO Wraps Up Masterworks Season With Impressive Collaboratin," 9 June 2018 The second is the opportunity to participate in that movement: a participation that blends the security of belonging to a cohesive group with the thrill of cultural transgression. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The religious hunger that drives Jordan Peterson’s fandom," 1 June 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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