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adherent

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

tending to adhere to objects upon contact
  • the bandage is made from a mildly adherent fiber

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adherent

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Synonyms & Antonyms of adherent (Entry 2 of 2)

one who follows the opinions or teachings of another
  • the Flat Earth Society surely doesn't have many adherents

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How is the word adherent different from other nouns like it?

Some common synonyms of adherent are disciple, follower, and partisan. While all these words mean "one who gives full loyalty and support to another," adherent suggests a close and persistent attachment.

adherents to Marxism

When might disciple be a better fit than adherent?

Although the words disciple and adherent have much in common, disciple implies a devoted allegiance to the teachings of one chosen as a master.

disciples of Gandhi

When can follower be used instead of adherent?

The meanings of follower and adherent largely overlap; however, follower may apply to people who attach themselves either to the person or beliefs of another.

an evangelist and his followers

When is partisan a more appropriate choice than adherent?

The synonyms partisan and adherent are sometimes interchangeable, but partisan suggests a zealous often prejudiced attachment.

partisans of the President

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

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“Adherent.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/adherent. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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