[ad-heer-uh nt, -her-]
- a person who follows or upholds a leader, cause, etc.; supporter; follower.
Origin of adherent
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1. disciple, devotee, fan.
1. See follower.
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- (usually foll by of) a supporter or follower
- sticking, holding fast, or attached
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Word Origin and History for adherently
"follower, associate, supporter," early 15c., from Old French adherent or directly from Latin adhaerentem (see adherent (adj.)). Meaning "adhesive substance" is from 1912.
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