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 The comment follows Alibaba’s addition Friday to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s list of companies at risk of delisting due to concerns about its adherence to auditing requirements. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 1 Aug. 2022 The former British colony's reputation as an international financial center has been battered during the last two years by its adherence to China's unbending Covid restrictions. Laura He, CNN, 1 July 2022 For all its adherence to the featherweight farce of the source material, though, there's one early twist that the previous versions didn't touch: As the movie opens, Billy and his wife Ingrid (Gloria Estefan) are on the verge of divorce. Leah Greenblatt,, 15 June 2022 Researchers pored over the websites of more than 5,200 hospitals to check on their adherence to the federal Hospital Price Transparency Final Rule, which took effect in January 2021. Tara Bannow, STAT, 8 June 2022 Yet Supercell's game arguably borrows a lot from the original WarCraft series on PC—not just in its adherence to RTS traditions but also its medieval, primary-color aesthetic. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 18 May 2022 Met Gala co-chair Blake Lively continued her adherence to the evening's Gilded Glamour theme long after the ball ended, stepping out in a red and black beaded corset mini dress. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 4 May 2022 Alito has been guided by his strict adherence to textualism, or emphasizing the words of a law as written. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 The group often supports Republicans based on their adherence to a free-market, free-trade, and anti-regulation agenda. al, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Adherence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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

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

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