from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The process or condition of adhering.
  • n. Faithful attachment; devotion: "Adherence to the rule of law . . . is a very important principle” ( William H. Webster).

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  • n. A close physical union of two objects.
  • n. Faithful support for some cause.
  • n. An extent to which a patient continues an agreed treatment plan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of adhering.
  • n. The state of being fixed in attachment; fidelity; steady attachment; adhesion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or state of sticking or adhering: rare in a physical sense, adhesion being commonly used. Figuratively, the character of being fixed in attachment; fidelity; steady attachment: as, an adherence to a party or opinions; the act of holding to closely: as, a rigid adherence to rules.
  • n. In Scots law, the return of a husband or wife who has for a time deserted his or her spouse.
  • n. In painting, the effect of those parts of a picture which, wanting relief, are not detached, and hence appear adhering to the canvas or surface. Fairholt. In logic and metaphysics, the state of being adherent. See adherent, a., 3.
  • n. In the theory of aggregates, the aggregate of all those points of a point-aggregate which are not limiting points (that is, limits of endless series of points): called the adherence of the point-aggregate; the aggregate of all the remaining points is called its coherence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition
  • n. faithful support for a cause or political party or religion


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From Middle French adhérence, from Latin adhærentia



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