• WordNet 3.6
    • adj adherent sticking fast
    • n adherent someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
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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.
    • Adherent Attached as an attribute or circumstance.
    • Adherent (Bot) Congenitally united with an organ of another kind, as calyx with ovary, or stamens with petals.
    • Adherent One who adheres; one who adheres; one who follows a leader, party, or profession; a follower, or partisan; a believer in a particular faith or church.
    • Adherent Sticking; clinging; adhering.
    • Adherent That which adheres; an appendage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • adherent Sticking; clinging; adhering.
    • adherent In botany, congenitally united, as parts that are normally separate: generally used as equivalent to adnate. See cut under adnate. In logic and metaphysics, accidentally connected; not belonging to the nature of a thing; not inherent: as, if a cloth is wet, its wetness is a quality adherent to it, not inherent in it.
    • n adherent A person who adheres; one who follows or upholds a leader, party, cause, opinion, or the like; a follower, partizan, or supporter.
    • n adherent Anything outwardly belonging to a person; an appendage.
    • n adherent Synonyms Disciple, pupil, upholder, supporter, dependant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Adherent sticking to
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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
L. adhaerens, -entis, p. pr.: cf. F. adhérent,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ad, to, hærēre, hæsum, to stick.


In literature:

We should live, therefore, as members of one family, though adhering to different sects.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
To them I replied that I adhered to the policy they had indicated and instructed me in their official character to pursue.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
During the time of the Commonwealth he adhered to the forms of the Church of England, and under James II.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
The customs remain the same, the meanings have become lost in the blind adherence to custom.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
This should be covered with paper which will adhere readily to the mustard and water.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
Cousin Albert was an ardent adherent of the Potts faction.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
The Pankas are members of the impure Ganda caste who adhered to the Kabirpanthi sect.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
The teachers did not adhere consistently to any definite formula in giving a particular test to the different children.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
Holkar was not to be depended upon and, in Poona, there were many adherents of the son of Rugoba.
"At the Point of the Bayonet" by G. A. Henty
Seventeen adherents offered manfully to share his fate.
"South American Fights and Fighters" by Cyrus Townsend Brady

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
“ 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
Himself examines all the streets;
Tells every passenger he meets,
And his egregious folly states
To churchwardens and magistrates.
But all adhering to one rule,
Join, with himself, to call him fool.
"The Pleasures Of Matrimony" by William Hutton
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:

Of his 12 numbers, most adhere to that persuasion.
Group art shows are rarely measured by their subject matter, but rather by their adherence to a theme.
The Justice Management Division (JMD), the component responsible for managing the working capital fund, effectively tracks fund functions to ensure adherence to applicable fiscal laws and sound management practices.
Epoxy adhesives adhere to a variety of materials, and their properties are dependent upon the specific chemistry of the system and the nature of the cross-linking available.
In addition to offering good adhesion and clean, long-term removability from smooth surfaces, it also adheres to some more challenging surfaces like Teflon, textured PVC and corrugated material.
It is both surprising and appalling to me that there are so many people in this area, politicians most of all, who are stubbornly adhering to the current plan for the Columbia River Crossing and its light rail component.
Drizzle the scones with the glaze, then top with the almonds , pressing to help them adhere.
Helping patients understand and identify anemia 's underlying cause can promote adherence to treatment.
Pharmaceutical Market Fails to Capture $188B US Revenue and $564B Global Revenue Annually Due to Medication Non-Adherence.
If you are a professional who works in a hospital or other medical setting, you must wear uniforms that adhere to certain standards.
The Assistant Coach is expected to adhere to the philosophy and objectives of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Head Coach.
Brave adheres so closely to storytelling convention and an often-retold story that the truly amazing visuals become almost forgettable.
The "Occupy Maui Should Adhere to Nonviolence" commentary by Rhonda Glass contained a lot of misinformation .
Sikhism, a major religion with about 25 million adherents worldwide, remains little known and widely misunderstood in the United States, where turban-wearing Sikh men are often mistaken for Muslims.
Selected research related to adherence and motivation is summarized.

In science:

An increasing adherence appoints the bigger adherence set A ⊂ [A].
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
The isotonic increasing adherence is called a closure.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
We shall look the continuity properties for the reforms of adherence or inside spaces.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
The adherence operator and the adherence filters helps us to deal continuity properties more easy.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
For every point in a target space y ∈ Y every point of inverse image x ∈ f − (y ) is adherent only for such set A ⊂ X which has direct image f P (A) ⊂ Y for which taken point is adherent y ∈ [f P (A)].
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence