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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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 While pledging adherence to the Paris agreement on climate change, Russian officials often underline the key role played by their forests in slowing down global warming. Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 Practically speaking, many health and law enforcement officials favor educating residents about the rules and urging adherence rather than writing tickets. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2021 An understanding of context affects both diagnosis and treatment decisions, and will inform how treatment recommendations are presented, maximizing adherence to essential treatments that might have unpleasant side effects. Brian Williams, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Ken Christopher, the farm's executive vice president, said the company has to develop a system to check who has been vaccinated while observing privacy laws and monitoring workers' adherence to safety protocols and testing. NBC News, 21 June 2021 The Nationalists sought to allay misgivings over these new powers by pledging adherence to restraint. Alexander William Salter, National Review, 4 June 2021 Studies have shown that reducing out-of-pocket costs can improve adherence to life-sustaining drugs, whether to prevent heart attacks or to manage diabetes. The Conversation, oregonlive, 22 May 2021 Her organization monitors the government’s adherence to a 1997 settlement that set conditions for how immigrant children are detained in the United States. New York Times, 18 May 2021 Enforcing absolute adherence to regulations, rules and orders are hallmarks of totalitarian regimes. WSJ, 23 Apr. 2021

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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 2 Aug. 2021.

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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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