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cohesive

[koh-hee-siv] /koʊˈhi sɪv/
adjective
1.
characterized by or causing cohesion:
a cohesive agent.
2.
cohering or tending to cohere; well-integrated; unified:
a cohesive organization.
3.
Physics. of or relating to the molecular force within a body or substance acting to unite its parts.
Origin of cohesive
1720-1730
1720-30; cohes(ion) + -ive
Related forms
cohesively, adverb
cohesiveness, noun
noncohesive, adjective
noncohesively, adverb
noncohesiveness, noun
uncohesive, adjective
uncohesively, adverb
uncohesiveness, noun
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  • The possession of these various ideals and their attainment in such high degree have given the nation its cohesiveness.

  • In her own hall bedroom coziness had been carried close to cohesiveness.

  • His mind could not clarify itself; it had no cohesiveness of purpose or of emotion at this particular juncture.

    The Courage of Marge O'Doone James Oliver Curwood
  • For the student there is a fascination in the cohesiveness of these dramas.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • I never saw such pastry, anything like the toughness and cohesiveness of it; the chicken was not seasoned well, either.

    The Jamesons Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • It was a crowd with every evidence of cohesiveness except that of companionship.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • The epico-lyrical quality of this drama, furthermore, gives it a force and cohesiveness unattainable by either epic or lyric.

    Vondel's Lucifer Joost van den Vondel
  • And, yet, it has a strong degree of tenacity and cohesiveness that enables it to resist attacks from the material side of nature.

British Dictionary definitions for cohesiveness

cohesive

/kəʊˈhiːsɪv/
adjective
1.
characterized by or causing cohesion
2.
tending to cohere or stick together
Derived Forms
cohesively, adverb
cohesiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cohesiveness

cohesive

adj.

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

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