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From Latin cohaesus, past participle of cohaereō, +‎ -ive.



cohesive (comparative more cohesive, superlative most cohesive)

  1. Having cohesion.
    • 1922, Sinclair Lewis, chapter XXX, in Babbitt, New York, N.Y.: Harcourt, Brace and Company, →OCLC:
      Our object is to unite all the manifestations of the New Era into one cohesive whole—New Thought, Christian Science, Theosophy, Vedanta, Bahaism, and the other sparks from the one New Light.
    • 2014 November 14, Stephen Halliday, “Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland: Maloney the hero”, in The Scotsman[1]:
      Maloney’s moment of magic ensured they did not. For Scotland, who produced the best of what cohesive football there was on the night, it was a merited outcome.
    • 2017 April 13, Molly Worthen, “The Evangelical Roots of Our Post-Truth Society”, in The New York Times[2], →ISSN:
      “It was presented as a cohesive worldview that you could maintain if you studied the Bible,” she told me. “Part of that was that climate change isn’t real, that evolution is a myth made up by scientists who hate God, and capitalism is God’s ideal for society.”

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cohesive (plural cohesives)

  1. A substance that provides cohesion
    • 2001, Doris Banowsky Arrington, Home is Where the Art Is[3], →ISBN:
      The thesaurus (Chapman, 1977) lists two pages of mechanical tools, two pages of joining functions, and a half page of adhesives, binders, and cohesives used to build or repair consumer goods.
    • 2012, Lens Diseases—Advances in Research and Treatment: 2012 Edition[4], →ISBN:
      Direct comparison meta-analysis showed that viscoadaptives lead to a lower loss in cell density compared with very low viscosity dispersives, and compared with super viscous cohesives.
  2. (linguistics) A device used to establish cohesion within a text
    • 1988, Michael R. Walrod, Normative Discourse and Persuasion: An Analysis of Gaʹdang ...[5]:
      The fourth of this group of cohesives is the anaphoric, same UT.

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