• 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

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