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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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 In other words, how did Europe in the 16th century, when religious adherence was enforced and heretics were persecuted, produce a world in which freedom of thought and religious affiliation are now guaranteed? Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘Permanent Revolution’ and ‘Liberty in the Things of God’ Review: Rendering Unto Caesar," 12 Apr. 2019 Medicare requires doctors to document the adherence and effectiveness of the therapy. Marshall Allen, Ars Technica, "You snooze, you lose: Insurers make the old adage literally true," 21 Nov. 2018 The document proclaims Cuba's adherence to Marxist-Leninist socialism. Andrea Rodriguez, Fox News, "Cuba approves new leader's Cabinet with old faces in place," 21 July 2018 Some states saw adherence rates well above the national average, while others were well below. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Only 23% of Americans Get Enough Exercise, a New Report Says," 28 June 2018 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

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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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