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

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for adherence


adhesion, bonding, cling



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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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There’s nothing to object to in Taddeo’s adherence to Maggie’s point of view; the teacher’s mistakes are legion, and most of them are unforgivable. Lauren Oyler, The New Yorker, "Sex in the Mirror," 10 July 2019 Limited United Nations sanctions were lifted and the country now holds a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, a body that frequently criticized its lack of adherence to international human rights norms. Martin Plaut, Quartz Africa, "The glow of the historic accord between Ethiopia and Eritrea has faded," 9 July 2019 His adherence to old Puritan values seems to have stopped with the name of his yacht, The Mayflower. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Silver Sailing Cups Recall Gilded Age Glamour and Sexuality," 29 June 2019 In adherence to PGA Tour policy, all guests will be subject to inspection before entering Detroit Golf Club. Greg Levinsky, Detroit Free Press, "Fans' guide to 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic: Yes, you can bring food," 23 June 2019 But even a partial adherence to it could be seismic. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Clarence Thomas’s Unprecedented America," 26 June 2019 That voluntary adherence to such a protocol is all the more remarkable since there are no professional guidelines regulating this sphere. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, The New York Review of Books, "Bellingcat and How Open Source Reinvented Investigative Journalism," 10 June 2019 Using a public right of way conveys a responsibility on all users, requiring adequate adherence to social norms, many of which are codified. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Pedestrian fatally struck by vehicle that didn’t stop in Northeast Washington," 7 May 2018 Both ice swimmers and observers (IISA officials who are responsible for monitoring safety and adherence to the sport's official rules) need to learn the signs that a competitor is in trouble. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "All About Ice Swimming, the Extreme Sport Where Athletes Compete in Sub-Freezing Water," 23 Aug. 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 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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