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 According to data compiled by the Association of Religion Data Archives, 59% of religious adherents in Tallapoosa County are members of the Southern Baptist Convention – by far the largest percentage of those who are religiously-affiliated. al, "Faith, football and politics explode in Alabama over 50-yard-line baptisms," 12 Jan. 2020 The audience for Chua Giac Minh’s meals is definitely the temple’s adherents, but random people who just want to eat lunch (like your intrepid food critic) are welcome to join in. Soleil Ho,, "Where do you find amazing vegan Vietnamese food in the Bay Area? Look for this Buddhist temple in East Palo Alto," 11 Oct. 2019 One of the groups most affected by the reign of ISIS were the Yazidis, adherents of one of the Middle East’s oldest religions who ISIS targeted for extermination. NBC News, "Victims' families press U.S. to continue fight against ISIS after al-Baghdadi's death," 28 Oct. 2019 The event organizers were exploiting young adherents of Objectivism as any number of Rand’s fictional mouthpieces treated the contemptible untermenschen doomed to toil anonymously in the shadows of history’s Great Men. Alexander Sammon, The New Republic, "The Last of the Ayn Rand Acolytes," 14 Aug. 2019 Confession, also known as penance or reconciliation, is most closely associated with the church of Rome, yet Episcopalians, Lutherans, Mormons and adherents of other faiths have similar rites. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘I confess': should the ‘seal of the confessional’ protect pedophiles?," 4 Aug. 2019 Just as blockchain technology has attracted adherents who never wanted anything to do with Bitcoin, stablecoins have drawn the interest of central bankers around the world, a group not usually seen as cutting edge. Washington Post, "Crypto Goes Up and Down, But Is It Getting Anywhere?," 29 Nov. 2019 Baby Yoda hype has produced beatific meme-collection posts showcasing how many adherents would die for the li'l green cherub, speculations about what role Baby Yoda will play in The Mandalorian, and beyond. Wired, "Love Baby Yoda, You Must," 22 Nov. 2019 The persistent myth that America is the greatest country of Earth, blessed by God and eternally righteous, can blind its adherents to the effects of racial violence. Ew Staff,, "Here are EW's top 10 nonfiction books of the decade," 27 Nov. 2019

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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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15 Jan 2020

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“Adherent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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