cohesive

[koh-hee-siv]
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

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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British Dictionary definitions for noncohesive

cohesive

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

cohesive

adj.

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

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