Definition of cohesion in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action or fact of forming a united whole.

    ‘the work at present lacks cohesion’
    • ‘Indeed, the team looked flustered and their play at this stage lacked any cohesion.’
    • ‘The advantage of the nation-state is its relative sense of voluntary cohesion and hence stability.’
    • ‘When regional Australia prospers, more jobs are created and social cohesion is strengthened.’
    • ‘If the bid was successful it would help support community cohesion and develop citizenship among young people.’
    • ‘Larger armies were thereby feasible, but lacked the degree of cohesion and professionalism found in English armies.’
    • ‘The disadvantage is that the book hardly ever ventures beyond description, and lacks intellectual cohesion.’
    • ‘What the land offers in opposition to the alienation of the city is cohesion and wholeness.’
    • ‘Our first-up tackling was weak, our forward play lacked cohesion and we looked under pressure from the word go.’
    • ‘Religion is often seen as providing cohesion to societies and lies at the root of our law, institutions and values.’
    • ‘If you think about it the whole principle of stop-loss is based on unit cohesion.’
    • ‘They lacked cohesion and, for the most part, played as 15 individuals rather than a single unit.’
    • ‘Such neighbourhoods are chronically poor and lack the social cohesion of an established community.’
    • ‘The contest saw both sides lacking in cohesion and direction.’
    • ‘Freedom of expression and social cohesion are under severe threat in a society that once prided itself on tolerance and civic liberty.’
    • ‘This critically contributes to the economy and social cohesion of the country.’
    • ‘Social cohesion is important to their stability and progress.’
    • ‘If the album does have a fault, it's that there is a lack of cohesion.’
    • ‘Other observers say the premier isn't to blame for the lack of cohesion in the cabinet.’
    • ‘It matters not whether government acts in the common good out of compassion or out of a pragmatic desire to aid social cohesion or other motives.’
    • ‘We should start from the premise that there is a need for all members of our global village to work towards harmony, cohesion and a peaceful world.’
    unity, togetherness, solidarity, bond, sticking together, continuity, coherence, connection, linkage, interrelatedness
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    1. 1.1Physics The sticking together of particles of the same substance.
      • ‘A dense clay would be very cohesive, while beach sand has no cohesion whatsoever.’
      • ‘Fine sand-sized particles are most rapidly moved, because silt and clay particles show more cohesion.’
      • ‘There is a limit to the degree of influence that the number of neutrons has over the cohesion of the nucleus.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin cohaes- ‘cleaved together’, from the verb cohaerere (see cohere), on the pattern of adhesion.