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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 pertaining to the molecular force within a body or substance acting to unite its parts.
1720-30; cohes(ion) + -ive
Related forms
cohesively, adverb
cohesiveness, noun
noncohesive, adjective
noncohesively, adverb
noncohesiveness, noun
uncohesive, adjective
uncohesively, adverb
uncohesiveness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • But don't expect style, dazzle or even cohesiveness from the season's last.
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Word Origin and History for cohesiveness



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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