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 Tens of thousands of new cases are being diagnosed each day, yet adherence to social distancing rules appears to be waning. CNN, "What Bolsonaro said as Brazil's coronavirus cases climbed," 27 May 2020 Illustration by Andy Rementer Even by suburban standards, my father’s adherence to routine was astonishing. Rob Hoerburger, New York Times, "My Father Leaned on Routine to Create Stability. Now I Do, Too.," 26 May 2020 The only apparent truce in this conflict (aside from the necessary adherence to the double-sliding-doors principle) is in the active safety, where these three vehicles all provide a high level of standard equipment. Annie White, Car and Driver, "How Does 2021 Toyota Sienna Stack Up to the Pacifica and Odyssey?," 24 May 2020 But a look at how each city handled the crisis reveals stark differences in early testing, public messaging and adherence to health orders. al, "Two Alabama cities, two very different outbreaks," 24 May 2020 Coaches throughout the Dallas area have preached caution and adherence to UIL protocol as in-person activity soon resumes for the first time since mid-March. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "UIL releases summer workout guidelines amid coronavirus, which includes more sport-specific coaching time," 22 May 2020 Researchers specifically looked at closer adherence to a Mediterranean diet, which involves nine components. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "Losing Belly Fat: A Nutritionist's Top 5 Foods," 13 May 2020 Our current system is characterized by slow decision making, limited willingness to try new and innovative therapies, and stubborn adherence to the status quo of where and how healthcare should be delivered. Jerry Levin, Los Angeles Times, "Our coronavirus blind spot: People like me who need dialysis," 8 May 2020 After nearly two months, adherence to social-distancing guidelines is starting to slip. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin is not staying home as much. The state got a 'D' in social distancing based on mobile data.," 6 May 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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“Adherence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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