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

Definition of adherent

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: 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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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 The sort of Chardonnay that A.B.C. adherents object to often exhibits an unfortunate confluence of buttery diacetyl, vanilla-forward oak barrel influence and residual sugar. Esther Mobley,, "In defense of buttery Chardonnay," 30 Apr. 2020 The Juggalos phenomenon on some level reacts to economic, geographic, and psychological marginalization; adherents (many but not all of them poor and white) speak of the Gathering as refuge from trauma, rejection, and condescension. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Insane Clown Posse Is Modeling Ideal Pandemic Leadership," 27 Apr. 2020 QAnon adherents falsely believe Donald Trump is secretly running a military operation to rid the government of satanic, child-eating cannibals, and many QAnon followers believe those same people are responsible for the virus. NBC News, "Facebook ads, conspiracy theorists pushed bleach consumption and UV ray cures," 24 Apr. 2020 That’s why the term digital therapeutic was born: to categorize evidence-based, clinically validated, and regulatory-adherent digital interventions in a sea of apps and programs claiming the broad mantle of digital health. Sean Duffy, STAT, "Digital therapeutics vs. digital care: defining the landscape," 20 Feb. 2020 That is why adherents sometimes wear Hawaiian shirts, say those who track them. New York Times, "The Coronavirus Becomes a Battle Cry for U.S. Extremists," 3 May 2020 That is why adherents sometimes wear Hawaiian shirts, say those who track them. Neil Macfarquhar,, "The coronavirus becomes a battle cry for US extremists," 3 May 2020 Some adherents have adopted the notion that the 5G frequency spectrum somehow transmits and spreads the virus, as if in a wireless miasma. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "The Dangerous Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Targeting 5G Technology, Bill Gates, and a World of Fear," 24 Apr. 2020 The Enneagram itself has ancient, but murky, roots: Some adherents trace it back to a 4th century monk and the same underlying concept as the seven deadly sins. Los Angeles Times, "The Enneagram is having a moment. You can thank millennials," 22 Apr. 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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20 May 2020

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“Adherent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 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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