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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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British Dictionary definitions for cohesively


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 cohesively



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

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