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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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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And, third, corporate leaders can create credibility for their intent by engaging independent auditors who will assess their adherence to these standards and publicly communicate results. Fortune, "Energy Companies Have the Power to Act on Social Purpose," 5 Sep. 2019 But at Zoiglhaus, the German styles shine — a reflection of brewmaster Taylor’s training, experience and skills and his adherence to Reinheitsgebot, the brewing laws that have governed German brewing for more than 500 years. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "Zoiglhaus brings centuries-old German tradition to Lents: Portland Breweries Series," 3 Sep. 2019 The campaign is also a play on the brewery's adherence to the Reinheitsgebot, or German Purity Law, in which only three ingredients are allowed in beer: barley, hops and water. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bofferding beer ads get cheeky with pictures of nude beer lovers enjoying Wisconsin nature," 29 Aug. 2019 It’s built on adherence to rules and sportsmanship. The Christian Science Monitor, "The rule of a higher law in Hong Kong," 9 July 2019 In Confucianism, one’s adherence to traditional roles eclipses any concerns with individuality. Chia-chia Lin, The New Yorker, "A novelist’s stint impersonating the ultra-rich in China.," 16 July 2019 Meyer told the council Wednesday that if the city manager fires an employee without adherence to an employee's due process rights, the employee can get their job back and sue the city for damages. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Phoenix council won't fire officers from viral video, because they can't," 3 July 2019 Iraq’s largely Kurdish-speaking Yazidi minority has survived centuries of persecution, their cohesion kept in part because of is closed nature and strict adherence to the guidance of spiritual leaders. Washington Post, "Yazidi women raped as ISIS slaves face brutal homecoming choice: Give up their child or stay away," 30 July 2019 Also impressive was his humility and adherence to the perfection and craftsmanship that transforms fashion into couture. Jasmine Contomichalos, Vogue, "Inside The Vogue100's Whirlwind Couture Week Tour," 9 July 2019

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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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The first known use of adherence was in the 15th century

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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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