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 formsco·he·sive·ly, adverbco·he·sive·ness, nounnon·co·he·sive, adjectivenon·co·he·sive·ly, adverbnon·co·he·sive·ness, nounun·co·he·sive, adjectiveun·co·he·sive·ly, adverbun·co·he·sive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cohesiveness

Contemporary Examples of cohesiveness

  • The human body, I realized, is beautiful in its complexity and cohesiveness.

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    Kathleen Kingsbury

    October 25, 2009

  • But often times, suicidal soldiers test rather than confirm the “uniqueness” and “cohesiveness” of a unit.

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    Suicidal Soldiers

    Elspeth Reeve

    May 11, 2009

Historical Examples of cohesiveness

  • 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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for cohesiveness



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

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