tightly united, connected, or organized.

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close-knit (ˌkləʊsˈnɪt)
closely united, esp by social ties

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Example sentences
The close-knit organization of these central hubs helps the brain stay
  resilient to damage.
The gorgeous grounds, the rich history, the academic prestige and close-knit
  community-all were a great fit for us.
He wanted a campus where people were close-knit, open to diversity, and not too
  cliquish or too rowdy.
The encounters were often wary or violent, but they were the reunions of a
  close-knit family.
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