1660s, from French adhésif, formed in French from Latin adhaes-, past participle stem of adhaere (see adherent).
1881, from adhesive (adj.). Originally of postage stamps (adhesive stamp is attested from 1840). Of substances that cause to adhere by 1900.
adhesive ad·he·sive (ād-hē'sĭv, -zĭv)adj.
Tending to adhere; sticky.
Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an adhesion.