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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  • unsticking
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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 On Saturday, August 29, schools could begin non-contact, sport-specific skill work, in adherence with guidance from the National Federation of State High School Associations and the DPH. Melanie Savage,, "After safe summer play, clubs encourage timely fall season," 24 Aug. 2020 Trump and his reelection campaign have been criticized over the past several months for the lack of adherence to their own administration's coronavirus recommendations. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Trump's RNC speech lacked some coronavirus safeguards. That might have been the point," 29 Aug. 2020 In deference to the Covid-19 threat, organizers will require adherence to all CDC guidelines, including social distancing and masks., "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 28 Aug. 2020 This dismal national experience has been ascribed to two main factors: top-down rudderless or erratic government leadership and policy and a bottom-up failure of individual adherence to effective prevention and mitigation measures. Steven Phillips, STAT, "To improve our dismal Covid-19 performance, establish common ground between lockdown and open economy," 25 Aug. 2020 Officials attributed the success to the low number of coronavirus infections across the state and the programs’ strict adherence to protocols for safe reopening. Washington Post, "Rhode Island’s successful reopening of child-care programs shows ‘there is a path,’ CDC director says," 21 Aug. 2020 Yet the transformation of these sites marks more than a simple manifestation of religious adherence. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "The Nationalists Who Weaponize Religion," 13 Aug. 2020 So the only other option seems likely to happen: Republicans won’t speaking out against Greene’s QAnon adherence, and, in the process, will legitimize this false conspiracy theory more than even her election can. Amber Phillips,, "QAnon adherent has smooth path to Congress," 12 Aug. 2020 All the more reason for judicious adherence to safety guidelines. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Kamala Harris, Minnesota primary results, managing the coronavirus," 12 Aug. 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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14 Sep 2020

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“Adherence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 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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