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

  • For the student there is a fascination in the cohesiveness of these dramas.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • 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
  • 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
  • And, yet, it has a strong degree of tenacity and cohesiveness that enables it to resist attacks from the material side of nature.

  • The possession of these various ideals and their attainment in such high degree have given the nation its 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
British Dictionary definitions for cohesiveness


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 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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