ad·​her·​ence | \-ˈhir-ən(t)s \

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

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But its adherence to period style is balanced with a homey cabin vibe, which secures its place in California’s legacy of casual-yet-architecturally stunning beach town homes. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Rustic midcentury cabin minutes from beach asks $798K," 20 Nov. 2018 Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, 51, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Pluses: His strong adherence to textualism and originalism, the twin tenets that drove the late Justice Antonin Scalia, pleases conservatives. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court nominee short list features candidates President Trump likes for different reasons," 3 July 2018 The cities of Olmos Park, Hollywood Park and Alamo Heights were targets this year of demonstrators who had a firearms focus and wanted to test local governments’ adherence to Texas’ open carry laws. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "Courting arrest for online clicks and the First Amendment," 9 July 2018 The movie is fast and affecting enough to work as one of the MCU's best entries regardless, but Waititi's adherence to his own voice (literally, at certain points in the film) makes this easily the funniest entry in the MCU so far. Tom Philip, GQ, "Marvel's Funniest Movie Is Now on Netflix," 11 June 2018 Patients and families helped by such fully transparent electronic records describe improved communication, a greater sense of control, better adherence to treatment plans, and shared decisions that lead to more trust. Tom Delbanco, STAT, "Transparency on quality and price will transform medicine," 9 May 2018 Reduced adherence, in fact, accounts for up to 10 percent of hospitalizations, 25 percent of nursing home admissions and as many as 125,000 premature deaths annually, according to a study in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy. Guest Voices,, "Alabama's children pay when insurers cut diabetes coverage," 10 Apr. 2018 All food is prepared with strict adherence to the numerous Passover laws and traditions, keeping all Chametz (leavened bread) locked up, ensuring that not a single crumb finds itself anywhere near the Passover preparations. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 27 Mar. 2018 Rising educational opportunities usually — but not always — are associated with lower levels of religious adherence. Yonat Shimron, Houston Chronicle, "Younger adults are less religious, and not only in the U.S.," 16 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of adherence

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

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