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 But when the team wasn't at its swashbuckling best, Setien was able to mold Betis into a solid, cohesive unit that would eventually finish as high as sixth in La Liga. Matias Grez, CNN, "Who is new Barcelona boss Quique Setien? The chess fanatic 'in love' with Lionel Messi," 14 Jan. 2020 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is such a cohesive unit that whoever Jann offered, the board was going to support it. Los Angeles Times, "John Sykes, new chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, pledges diversity, populism," 26 Sep. 2019 The offensive line, despite upgrades with Kalil at center and Kelechi Osemele at left guard, hasn't been anything close to a cohesive unit. Dennis Waszak Jr.,, "Early bye week comes at right time for struggling Jets," 26 Sep. 2019 But by the mid-1980s, Mercury, May, Deacon, and Taylor were working more as a cohesive unit as songwriters and performers, and their style had evolved to integrate the different pieces of Queen’s history. Noel Murray, The Verge, "For the real Bohemian Rhapsody, stream the best recorded Queen concert this weekend," 2 Nov. 2018 But with Naked, Talking Heads would unexpectedly make their final statement as a cohesive unit in 1988, which remains a hard reality to grasp considering the warmth and community that bathes its backstory. Ron Hart, Billboard, "Talking Heads' 'Naked' at 30: Chris Frantz & Producer Steve Lillywhite Look Back on Band's Swan Song," 26 Mar. 2018 The Celtics can keep talking about improving, getting off to better starts, being more cohesive defensively and consistently matching their opponent’s intensity. Gary Washburn,, "To stop their slippage, the Celtics need to act upon — and not just talk about — improvement," 19 Jan. 2020 The writing for diverse ensembles is brilliant throughout, but the first act feels considerably more cohesive than the second, which sometimes lapses into the style of a sweeping PBS documentary. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Opera Against the Patriarchy," 30 Dec. 2019 The Ladies Of … does that in a way that feels cohesive. Matt Wake |, al, "The guitar Zen of an Alabama ‘rock poet’," 19 Sep. 2019

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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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26 May 2020

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“Cohesive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 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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