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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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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Disciplined adherence to rigorous project management practices allow companies from Boeing to Microsoft, and those in the public sector, to deliver on their promises to customers and communities. The Seattle Times, "Northwest leans on good project management for success," 21 Aug. 2018 Better adherence to scientific standards, concerns about intellectual-property protection on things like biotechnology. WSJ, "What’s at Stake in the U.S.-China Agricultural-Trade War," 2 Oct. 2018 Experts have pushed back against low HPV vaccination rates for years, calling repeatedly for better adherence from both parents and physicians. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Boys Still Aren't Getting the HPV Vaccine As Much As Girls, Study Says," 27 Mar. 2018 The company’s survival in wartime depends upon strict adherence and alignment to the mission. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Mark Zuckerberg became a wartime CEO," 20 Nov. 2018 As Firefox, and later Chrome, rose to challenge Internet Explorer's dominance, cross-browser testing became essential, and standards adherence became more valuable. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to," 17 Dec. 2018 Ensuring and accurately measuring dietary adherence is far more challenging in nutrition than in almost any other field of research. Jenny Splitter, The Cut, "The Science of How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health," 16 Mar. 2018 Accessibility is more than just adherence to a law. Alice Wong, Teen Vogue, "6 Things Can You Do to Protect Disability Rights Today," 14 Feb. 2018 Hard-liners, though, resist economic liberalization out of adherence to the Communist Party’s ideological roots and in defense of their own vested interests. Weijian Shan, WSJ, "Both Sides Can Win the Trade War," 13 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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