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  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.
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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
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Examples from the Web for non-cohesive

Historical Examples

  • This preparation is non-cohesive, and should be inserted by the wedge process.

    Tin Foil and Its Combinations for Filling Teeth

    Henry L. Ambler

  • This is virtually saying that there is cohesion of non-cohesive gold, and that for this reason it keeps its place better than tin.

  • Pure tin in form of foil is used as a filling and also in connection with non-cohesive gold.

  • The surface is as smooth as a cohesive gold filling, while such a surface is impossible with non-cohesive gold.

British Dictionary definitions for non-cohesive


  1. characterized by or causing cohesion
  2. tending to cohere or stick together
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Derived Formscohesively, adverbcohesiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-cohesive



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

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