- coherent, cohesiveBoth words come from a Latin root related to our word cohere, but their meanings are different. Coherent means ‘logical and consistent’ and is applied to speakers and their arguments. See also cogent. Cohesive means ‘tending to stick together’ and is generally used either physically (as with liquid mixtures, for example) or in abstract contexts:
• He was not able to show that they acted together as a cohesive political force —T. Harris, 1993
• The fate of the cohesive gel implant rests in the results of studies in the years ahead —Cosmetic Surgery Times, 2003.
Modern English usage. 2014.
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Cohesive — Co*he sive, a. 1. Holding the particles of a homogeneous body together; as, cohesive attraction; producing cohesion; as, a cohesive force. [1913 Webster] 2. Cohering, or sticking together, as in a mass; capable of cohering; tending to cohere; as … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
cohesive — I (compact) adjective close, compressed, concentrated, concise, concrete, conjacent, conjunct, consolidated, dense, firm, hard, impenetrable, impermeable, indivisible, inseparable, pressed together, solid, strong, substantial, terse, thick, tight … Law dictionary
cohesive — c.1730 (implied in cohesiveness), from L. cohaes , pp. stem of cohaerere (see COHERE (Cf. cohere)) + IVE (Cf. ive). Related: Cohesively … Etymology dictionary
cohesive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ characterized by or causing cohesion. DERIVATIVES cohesively adverb cohesiveness noun … English terms dictionary
cohesive — [kōhēs′iv] adj. sticking together; causing or characterized by cohesion cohesively adv. cohesiveness n … English World dictionary
cohesive — [[t]koʊhi͟ːsɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is cohesive consists of parts that fit together well and form a united whole. Daring Adventures from 86 is a far more cohesive and successful album... Huston had assembled a remarkably cohesive and… … English dictionary
cohesive — adjective Date: circa 1731 exhibiting or producing cohesion or coherence < a cohesive social unit > < cohesive soils > • cohesively adverb • cohesiveness noun … New Collegiate Dictionary
cohesive — cohesively, adv. cohesiveness, n. /koh hee siv/, adj. 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 pertaining to the molecular… … Universalium
cohésive — ● cohésif, cohésive adjectif Qui assure la cohésion, l unité de quelque chose : Force cohésive … Encyclopédie Universelle
cohesive — co|he|sive [kəuˈhi:sıv US kou ] adj 1.) connected or related in a reasonable way to form a whole ▪ a cohesive community 2.) uniting people or things ▪ Historically, sport has been a cohesive force in international relations. >cohesively adv… … Dictionary of contemporary English