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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As recently as late last year, Greene had been an open adherent of the QAnon ideology - a sprawling web of false claims that have incited violence and that played a role in inspiring the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. Author: Mike Debonis, Paul Kane, Anchorage Daily News, "After losing committees, Marjorie Taylor Greene says she has been ‘freed’ to push the GOP further right," 6 Feb. 2021 Amusingly, Richards is not an adherent of analytics. Globe Staff,, "The case for Dustin Pedroia in the Hall of Fame: His backers better prepare for WAR," 6 Feb. 2021 Baset said Meredith was an adherent of the QAnon conspiracy theory, and argued he might be further radicalized via social media if released before trial. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, ""A certain danger": Judge detains man accused of threatening Nancy Pelosi and D.C. mayor," 14 Jan. 2021 Online sleuths have identified Savannah QAnon adherent Dominic Box, Americus lawyer McCall Calhoun and former Georgia resident Eric Munchel as among the hundreds who breached the U.S. Capitol. Jeremy Redmon, ajc, "Georgia man arrested following Capitol insurrection has died by suicide," 12 Jan. 2021 Brian Deese, expected to head the Biden administration's National Economic Council, is a longtime adherent of a disastrous energy strategy. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The Problem With Putting a BlackRock Alum in Charge of Greening the Economy," 1 Dec. 2020 Named one of the top trending diets in 2018 by Google, Optavia has received an endorsement from a celebrity adherent, too. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the Optavia Diet? Why You Should Skip It for Weight Loss, According to a Dietitian," 24 Nov. 2020 Ted Lemon has been a stalwart adherent to Burgundian ethos in making his nuanced, site-expressive Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays – long before that was the style., "A tasting tour through astoundingly good Sonoma Pinot Noir," 20 Nov. 2020 Ted Lemon has been a stalwart adherent to Burgundian ethos in making his nuanced, site-expressive Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays – long before that was the style., "A tasting tour through astoundingly good Sonoma Pinot Noir," 20 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "Trump’s Drug-Discount Cards Expected to Reach Medicare Recipients After Election," 13 Oct. 2020

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

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12 Feb 2021

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“Adherent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of adherent

: a person who is loyal to a leader, group, or religion : a person who adheres to or supports a system or set of principles


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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