ad·​her·​ence | \ ad-ˈhir-ən(t)s How to pronounce adherence (audio) , əd- \

Definition of adherence

1 : the act, action, or quality of adhering adherence of paint to wood
2 : steady or faithful attachment : fidelity adherence to a political party

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Examples of adherence in a Sentence

you'd think these refrigerator magnets would have better adherence—they fall off every time I open the door adherence to convention requires that the couple send out formal wedding invitations
Recent Examples on the Web His rationale was a fierce adherence to prior Supreme Court precedent. Fortune, "The unsettled future of Supreme Court abortion cases," 30 June 2020 The Courier Journal reported Hankison is accused of violating departmental policies on adherence to rules and regulations and use of deadly force. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Officer involved in Breonna Taylor shooting is not moving to Cincinnati, lawyer says," 28 June 2020 British Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned that authorities have the power to close beaches and other public spaces in England amid mounting concerns over the public’s adherence to social-distancing rules., "Perfect storm: Mass gatherings in England stoke concerns," 26 June 2020 Most experts are counseling greater adherence to health guidelines including use of face coverings, physical distancing and caution when in public indoor spaces. Laura King, Anchorage Daily News, "COVID-19 surge in South, Southwest poses growing threat, experts warn," 22 June 2020 In an ideal world, each individual will feel responsibility for adherence to the principles an organization purports to prioritize. Sheila Warren, Wired, "Three Steps to Make Tech Companies More Equitable," 17 June 2020 Safety precautions are still being developed in adherence with the state’s reopening guidelines, but the stadium seating at Bristol has a capacity of over 150,000 and fans will be asked to social distance within groups. Fox News, "NASCAR All-Star race could have 30,000 fans at Bristol Motor Speedway," 16 June 2020 DeWine and Acton have repeatedly said Ohioans adherence to public health orders, social distancing and other recommendations has worked and helped prevent worst-case scenarios. Jennifer Edwards Baker,, "Music festival organizers, concert-goer sue Dr. Amy Acton," 12 June 2020 This sharp adherence to governmental guidelines paired with early, accessible testing and intensive tracing helped South Korea flatten the curve by late March. NBC News, "Inside a South Korean theme park that refused to let COVID-19 shut it down," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of adherence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for adherence

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French adherance, aerdaunce, aherdance "act of adhering, faction, supporters," borrowed from Medieval Latin adhaerentia, going back to Late Latin, "act of adhering," derivative of Latin adhaerent-, adhaerens, present participle of adhaerēre "to adhere"

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4 Jul 2020

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“Adherence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of adherence

: the act of adhering especially : the act of doing what is required by a rule, belief, etc.


ad·​her·​ence | \ ad-ˈhir-əns How to pronounce adherence (audio) \

Kids Definition of adherence

: the act of doing what is required by adherence to the terms of a contract

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