[ koh-hee-siv ]
/ koʊˈhi sɪv /

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Sandy and Danny, peanut butter and jelly: these pairs are cohesive because this means being naturally and logically connected.



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.

Nearby words

  1. coherent light,
  2. coherently,
  3. coherer,
  4. cohesion,
  5. cohesionless soil,
  6. cohesive soil,
  7. cohn,
  8. cohn, ferdinand,
  9. cohnheim,
  10. coho

Origin of cohesive

First recorded in 1720–30; cohes(ion) + -ive

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cohesive


/ (kəʊˈhiːsɪv) /


characterized by or causing cohesion
tending to cohere or stick together
Derived Formscohesively, adverbcohesiveness, 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