ad·​her·​ent | \ ad-ˈhir-ənt How to pronounce adherent (audio) , əd- \

Definition of adherent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one who adheres to something: such as
a : a follower of a leader, party, or profession Freud's adherents
b : a believer in or advocate especially of a particular idea or church adherents of Christianity adherents of socialism



Definition of adherent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : able or tending to adhere an adherent material
2 : connected or associated with especially by contract nations adherent to the treaty
3 : adnate

Other Words from adherent


adherently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for adherent

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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follower, adherent, disciple, partisan mean one who gives full loyalty and support to another. follower may apply to people who attach themselves either to the person or beliefs of another. an evangelist and his followers adherent suggests a close and persistent attachment. adherents to Marxism disciple implies a devoted allegiance to the teachings of one chosen as a master. disciples of Gandhi partisan suggests a zealous often prejudiced attachment. partisans of the President

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Just as tape adheres to paper, a person may adhere to a cause, a faith, or a belief. Thus, you may be an adherent of Hinduism, an adherent of environmentalism, or an adherent of the Republican Party. A plan for cutting taxes always attracts adherents easily, regardless of what the cuts may result in.

Examples of adherent in a Sentence

Noun an adherent of free trade the Flat Earth Society surely doesn't have many adherents Adjective the bandage is made from a mildly adherent fiber
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In September, a large hospital in Chicago was the target of a coordinated campaign over its treatment of a vocal QAnon adherent who was ill with covid. Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2022 His tutor was an adherent of Stoicism, a philosophy that emphasized virtuous deeds, rational thought and harmony with nature as the basis of happiness. James Romm, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2021 Her approach epitomizes the advice of Telsha Anderson, a longtime duffle adherent and the owner of New York boutique T.a. Taylor Bryant, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 Arthur Conan Doyle, the famous creator of Sherlock Holmes, became an adherent of spirit photography, despite having made his fortune writing tales about ruthlessly empirical deductions. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Nov. 2021 Religious beliefs or moral convictions are generally identified by the adherent categorically disregarding his or her self-interest in favor of religious or moral tenets. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 The conspiracy theory adherent went shirtless and infamously donned a headdress with antlers while leading thousands of screaming attackers who overwhelmed police and marauded through the Capitol. al, 10 Nov. 2021 In order to win environmentalist support for the necessary ramp-up of ESG-adherent mining, both governments and the private sector will have to begin the process of changing the traditional public narrative on mining. Brian Menell, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2021 But [a QAnon adherent] wasn’t looking at recipes on YouTube then slipped on a banana peel and got inadvertently pulled down the QAnon rabbit hole. Alex Morris, Rolling Stone, 15 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective It was awarded its first military contract in 1978 and still produces glasses adherent to the military’s 20-page-long technical requirements, for both Department of Defense and civilian customers. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 11 Aug. 2020 Like vaccinated health-care workers who have a professional duty to unvaccinated patients — or vice versa — Ramadan-adherent restaurant workers navigate the paradoxical crossroads of sawm (fasting) and indulgence. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 It’s one thing to criticize a country growing more secular and less adherent to any faith tradition. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Dec. 2021 Possibly the odor of night crawlers, leeches and fatheads that attends walleye fishing ensures adherent immunity. Star Tribune, 8 May 2021 The drug-discount-card plan, for example, could be designed to test if people are more adherent to medications if they are given a discount, according to the administration official. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of adherent


15th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adherent


Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin adhaerent-, adhaerens, going back to Latin, present participle of adhaerēre "to adhere"


Middle English aherdaunt, adherent, borrowed from Anglo-French aheirdant, going back to Latin adhaerent-, adhaerens, present participle of adhaerēre "to adhere"

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“Adherent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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ad·​her·​ent | \ ad-ˈhir-ənt How to pronounce adherent (audio) \

Kids Definition of adherent

: a person who is loyal to a belief, an organization, or a leader

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