adherence

noun
ad·​her·​ence | \ -ˈhir-ən(t)s \

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

Synonyms

adhesion, bonding, cling

Antonyms

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

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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 But its adherence to period style is balanced with a homey cabin vibe, which secures its place in California’s legacy of casual-yet-architecturally stunning beach town homes. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Rustic midcentury cabin minutes from beach asks $798K," 20 Nov. 2018 Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, 51, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Pluses: His strong adherence to textualism and originalism, the twin tenets that drove the late Justice Antonin Scalia, pleases conservatives. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court nominee short list features candidates President Trump likes for different reasons," 3 July 2018 The cities of Olmos Park, Hollywood Park and Alamo Heights were targets this year of demonstrators who had a firearms focus and wanted to test local governments’ adherence to Texas’ open carry laws. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "Courting arrest for online clicks and the First Amendment," 9 July 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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More Definitions for adherence

adherence

noun

English Language Learners Definition of adherence

: the act of adhering especially : the act of doing what is required by a rule, belief, etc.

adherence

noun
ad·​her·​ence | \ ad-ˈhir-əns \

Kids Definition of adherence

: the act of doing what is required by adherence to the terms of a contract

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