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adherent

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adjective ad·her·ent \ad-ˈhir-ənt, əd-\

Definition of adherent

  1. 1 :  able or tending to adhere

  2. 2 :  connected or associated with especially by contract

  3. 3 :  adnate

ad·her·ent·ly adverb


Examples of adherent

  1. <the bandage is made from a mildly adherent fiber>



Origin of adherent

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French adheirdant, adherent, from Latin adhaerent-, adhaerens, present participle of adhaerēre


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with adherent


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adherent

noun ad·her·ent

Simple Definition of adherent

  • : a person who is loyal to a leader, group, or religion : a person who adheres to or supports a system or set of principles

Full Definition of adherent

  1. :  one that adheres: as a :  a follower of a leader, party, or profession b :  a believer in or advocate especially of a particular idea or church

Examples of adherent

  1. an adherent of free trade

  2. <the Flat Earth Society surely doesn't have many adherents>



15th Century

First Known Use of adherent

15th century

Synonym Discussion of adherent

follower, adherent, disciple, partisan mean one who gives full loyalty and support to another. follower may apply to people who attach themselves either to the person or beliefs of another <an evangelist and his followers>. adherent suggests a close and persistent attachment <adherents to Marxism>. disciple implies a devoted allegiance to the teachings of one chosen as a master <disciples of Gandhi>. partisan suggests a zealous often prejudiced attachment <partisans of the President>.

ADHERENT Defined for Kids

adherent

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noun ad·her·ent \ad-ˈhir-ənt\

Definition of adherent

  1. :  a person who is loyal to a belief, an organization, or a leader





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