• WordNet 3.6
    • n adherence faithful support for a cause or political party or religion "attachment to a formal agenda","adherence to a fat-free diet","the adhesion of Seville was decisive"
    • n adherence the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition "the mutual adhesiveness of cells","a heated hydraulic press was required for adhesion"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.
    • Adherence The quality or state of adhering.
    • Adherence The state of being fixed in attachment; fidelity; steady attachment; adhesion; as, adherence to a party or to opinions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n adherence The act or state of sticking or adhering: rare in a physical sense, adhesion being commonly used. Figuratively, the character of being fixed in attachment; fidelity; steady attachment: as, an adherence to a party or opinions; the act of holding to closely: as, a rigid adherence to rules.
    • n adherence In Scots law, the return of a husband or wife who has for a time deserted his or her spouse. The spouse who has been deserted may bring an action of adherence to compel the deserting spouse to return.
    • n adherence In painting, the effect of those parts of a picture which, wanting relief, are not detached, and hence appear adhering to the canvas or surface. Fairholt. In logic and metaphysics, the state of being adherent. See adherent, a., 3. Synonyms Adherence, Adhesion. These words are undergoing desynonymization, the moral and figurative sense being limited to adherence, and the physical to adhesion: as, adherence to the doctrines of Adam Smith; the adhesion of putty to glass.
    • n adherence In the theory of aggregates, the aggregate of all those points of a point-aggregate which are not limiting points (that is, limits of endless series of points): called the adherence of the point-aggregate; the aggregate of all the remaining points is called its coherence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Adherence state of adhering: steady attachment
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  • Abraham Lincoln
    “What is conservatism? It is not adherence to the old and tried, but against the new and untried?”
  • Myriam Miedzian
    Myriam Miedzian
    “In the United States adherence to the values of the masculine mystique makes intimate, self-revealing, deep friendships between men unusual.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    “The essence of statesmanship is not a rigid adherence to the past, but a prudent and probing concern for the future.”
  • David Lloyd George
    “No democracy has ever long survived the failure of its adherents to be ready to die for it. My own conviction is this, the people must either go on or go under.”
  • John Stuart Mill
    “A great statesman is he who knows when to depart from traditions, as well as when to adhere to them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. adhérence, LL. adhaerentia,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ad, to, hærēre, hæsum, to stick.


In literature:

He agreed with its politics, adhered to all its policies, defended it, upheld it, revered it.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
She bore a child with a fleshy excrescence exactly resembling a lizard, growing from the breast, adhering by the head and neck.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
On the fourth day the swelling and heat had subsided, and the eschar remained adherent.
"An Essay on the Application of the Lunar Caustic in the Cure of Certain Wounds and Ulcers" by John Higginbottom
It is necessary to wet the type to prevent its adhering to the wax.
"The Building of a Book" by Various
A strong moral sense appears in a firm adherence to right and an unblinded condemnation of wrong.
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter
On raising the peritonaeum the spermatic vessels will be found adhering to it.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
Adhere sacredly to the truth.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
Do not tell us that by adhering to the Union and the Constitution, we are simply adhering to a party platform.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Bees will adhere to their comb, 201.
"Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee" by L. L. Langstroth
And this was the main point of distinction between them and their adherents.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
This measure occasioned an alienation from its interests in the minds of many of its former adherents.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
This piece of gauze will adhere to the cord and will most likely be removed with the cord on the fifth day.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
And she was in torture of adherence to him still.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
H. Jowett, of Little Dunham, Norfolk, who was one of the adherents to Evangelicalism.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
Do them very gently till they are clear, and the syrup adheres to them.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
This fluffy exterior adheres readily to your hands or clothing.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
The path was by a stout ledge of ice, adhering to the cliff and projecting out from it for about eighteen inches.
"Billy Topsail & Company" by Norman Duncan
On his way thither, he was joined by many of the flying adherents of the expelled House of Sultan Husen.
"Rulers of India: Akbar" by George Bruce Malleson
It was impossible to sever or tear away the slimy bands which were twisted tightly round his body, and were adhering by a number of points.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Washing the panel over with onion juice enables the paint to adhere more easily.
"Paper and Printing Recipes" by J. Sawtelle Ford

In poetry:

Devote thy heart, to worship and to love
The Lord — let it invariably adhere
Unto the great and glorious God above
With perfect trust, and confidence sincere.
"Advice To Serve God" by Rees Prichard
THE rural mind by nature jealous proves;
Suspicion shows of ev'ry thing that moves;
Unused to city ways, perverse appears,
And, undismayed, to principle adheres:
"Feronde" by Jean de La Fontaine
I wish Mr Murphy every success,
Hoping he will make rapid progress;
And to the Blue Ribbon Army may he always prove true,
And adhere to his colours— the beautiful blue.
"A Tribute to Mr Murphy and the Blue Ribbon Army" by William Topaz McGonagall
“ My ruined house is left without a head.
Sometimes for death, and always for the cheer
Of my own hearth I yearn. A tortoise I,
Whose entrails to its broken shell adhere!
"The Longing Letter" by Daniel Varoujan
The flowers, still faithful to the stems,
Their fellowship renew;
The stems are faithful to the root,
That worketh out of view;
And to the rock the root adheres
In every fibre true.
"The Primrose of the Rock" by William Wordsworth
For your life, adhere to me!
Of all the men of the earth, I only can unloose you and toughen you;
I may have to be persuaded many times before I consent to give myself
really to you—but what of that?
Must not Nature be persuaded many times?
"Starting From Paumanok" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Adherence to Colorectal Cancer Screening.
Patients Who See Evidence of Their Disease Are More Likely to Adhere to Statin Therapy, Weight Loss Regimen.
Comment on "Adherence to Colorectal Cancer Screening".
City delivery people will soon have to adhere to tougher safety standards when they bike on the job.
According to a press release from the Maine Department of Corrections , the Bolduc Correctional Facility needed to adhere to 236 standards, 33 of which are mandatory and 203 non-mandatory.
Lightly brush each cracker with water, then sprinkle lightly with caraway seeds and a few flakes of salt, pressing gently to help them adhere.
The biggest issue, Prince said, is that the Pistons don't consistently adhere to their own defense -first philosophy, like when the Nuggets shot 27.3 percent in the first quarter, then 53.4 over the last three quarters.
And the need for careful follow up to monitor for progression of disease and adherence to therapy.
KILMARNOCK—The Lancaster County School Board and superintendent faced sharp criticism Monday from a public disgruntled over not adhering to laws and policies, diversity, bad publicity and loss of favor with the board of supervisors.
Atheists and others who don't adhere to a religion often say they can be good without God.
When FreedomWorks was asked weeks ago to explain the source of Rose's earlier contributions, a spokesman for the group declined to discuss the money and said his group adheres to the law in disclosing information about donors .
Failing to adhere to a dress code may be the next way to get kicked off a plane.
A voluntary recall of Kraft Foods jalapeno -variety of string cheese has issued – with concerns that a thin layer of plastic film from the package may remain adhered to the product, resulting in a choking hazard.
We are a couple of months out from our New Year Resolution now….and if you're like me…again I have failed to adhere to the diet I began.
This is a satisfying and filling dish while still adhering to the Lenten tradition of plain foods that are free from extravagance.

In science:

Adhering to the usual terminology we will will also refer to a renormalization of the coupling constants as to a renormalization group transformation.
Renormalization Group versus Kolmogorov-Sinai entropy: a very simple remark
The observations of CO transition in A2B molecular systems have stimulated many theoretical studies adhered to these compounds.
Theoretical Aspects of Charge Ordering in Molecular Conductors
Remark: The following index conventions are adhered to throughout.
Natural octonionic generalization of general relativity
Our investigation of this topic will adhere to the basic approach in .
Counting rational points on cubic hypersurfaces
To apply the HVs to the GEM electrodes, we adopt a bolt-and-nut method. A brass nut is adhered to an electrode on the front side of the PC board.
A GEM TPC End-Panel Pre-Prototype
In order for the results of BJR to hold, κ must adhere to certain conditions which the authors call being “graphical” (Definition 2.7 in ).
Phase Transitions in Partially Structured Random Graphs
One thus needs a 3For this reason we will adhere to four-dimensional notation for N , i.e. the number of supercharges of a theory is 4N in any dimension. 4There are also (non-symmetric) homogeneous spaces with non-semi-simple groups of isometries, see e.g. , but we will not consider these here.
Extended Symmetries in Supergravity: the Semi-simple Case
Consequently, a.s. µ ∈ P (C) and Uµ = U a.e. for every adherence value µ of (µAn )n>1 .
Circular Law Theorem for Random Markov Matrices
Now, since U does not depend on µ, by lemma A.1, a.s. (µAn )n>1 has a unique adherence value µ, and since (µn )n>1 is tight, (µAn )n>1 converges weakly to µ by the Prohorov theorem.
Circular Law Theorem for Random Markov Matrices
The sequence (E[rp ℓ (0)])ℓ≥0 will be then necessarily the sequence of moments of a probability measure µ on [−1, +1] which is the unique adherence value of µK as n → ∞.
Spectrum of large random reversible Markov chains: two examples
Note: In this section, when we use φ, π , C π u , u, Cu , NCu , C\u , TC\u , c, v , c′ and C , we implicitly assume that they adhere to the descriptions in Section 2.
Exact phase transition of backtrack-free search with implications on the power of greedy algorithms
Referring to Fig. 1, let’s imagine that there is a small virtual box adhering to a moving particle, represented by ∆x∆y∆z symbolically, and imagine that we are able to count the number of the inside particles whose velocities are within a small range, represented by ∆vx∆vy∆vz symbolically.
A counterexample against the Vlasov equation
Adhering to this principle, by default we adopted flat priors on these problematical parameters (i.e. those describing the entropy profile and the pressure at the fiducial radius), and subsequently investigated the effect of adopting alternatives (§ 7.1).
Hydrostatic Gas Constraints on Supermassive Black Hole Masses: Implications for Hydrostatic Equilibrium and Dynamical Modelling in a Sample of Early-Type Galaxies
In the present chapter it is shown what are the consequences for the physical interpretation of some of these solutions whose relativity postulate is of intermediate content, when Kretschmann’s standpoint is consistently adhered to.
The group aspect in the physical interpretation of general relativity theory
Accordingly, who is talking about ‘ fiction’ and a ‘physical impossibility’? Perhaps it is safer to adhere to twisted forms in order to be able, unlike RR, to integrate the charge over a M ¨obius strip.
An electric charge has no screw sense--a comment on the twistfree formulation of electrodynamics by da Rocha & Rodrigues