Updated on: 9 Aug 2017

Definition of adherent

: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 Chrisitianity
  • adherents of socialism

Examples of adherent in a Sentence

  1. the bandage is made from a mildly adherent fiber

Recent Examples of adherent from the Web

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Stick With adherent

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.

Origin and Etymology of adherent

Synonym Discussion of adherent

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



adjective ad·her·ent \ ad-ˈhir-ənt , əd- \

Definition of adherent

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



Examples of adherent in a Sentence

  1. an adherent of free trade

  2. the Flat Earth Society surely doesn't have many adherents

Origin and Etymology of adherent

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French adheirdant, adherent, from Latin adhaerent-, adhaerens, present participle of adhaerēre — see adhere

adherent Synonyms

sticky, adhesive, clingy, gluey, glutinous, gummy, tacky, tenacious, viscid
Related Words
gelatinous, gooey, ropy (also ropey), syrupy, viscous; pitchy, tarry
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ADHERENT Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of adherent for English Language Learners

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

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noun ad·her·ent \ ad-ˈhir-ənt \

Definition of adherent for Students

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

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