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[koh-hee-siv] /koʊˈhi sɪv/
characterized by or causing cohesion:
a cohesive agent.
cohering or tending to cohere; well-integrated; unified:
a cohesive organization.
Physics. of or relating to the molecular force within a body or substance acting to unite its parts.
Origin of cohesive
1720-30; cohes(ion) + -ive
Related forms
cohesively, adverb
cohesiveness, noun
noncohesive, adjective
noncohesively, adverb
noncohesiveness, noun
uncohesive, adjective
uncohesively, adverb
uncohesiveness, noun Unabridged
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  • cohesive strength in solids is increased by reduction of temperature, and metallic rods become stronger the colder they are.

    The Machinery of the Universe Amos Emerson Dolbear
  • United, cohesive cooperation is the source of irresistible strength.

    The Issahar Artifacts Jesse Franklin Bone
  • But the cohesive materials were not sound enough to make it a lasting union of the whole people.

    Ireland Since Parnell Daniel Desmond Sheehan
  • A mighty thought is throbbing and seething in my cohesive brain.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
  • As a novel the book fails through lack of cohesive development of character-study and events.

    August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
British Dictionary definitions for cohesive


characterized by or causing cohesion
tending to cohere or stick together
Derived Forms
cohesively, adverb
cohesiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cohesive

c.1730 (implied in cohesiveness), from Latin cohaes-, past participle stem of cohaerere (see cohere) + -ive. Related: Cohesively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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