[ ad-heer-uhns, -her- ]
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  1. the quality of adhering; steady devotion, support, allegiance, or attachment: adherence to a party; rigid adherence to rules.

  2. the act or state of adhering; adhesion.

Origin of adherence

<Medieval Latin adhērentia.See adhere, -ence

Other words from adherence

  • non·ad·her·ence, noun
  • pre·ad·her·ence, noun

Words that may be confused with adherence

Words Nearby adherence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use adherence in a sentence

  • They affirmed their adherence to the Renaissance méridionale, and claimed equal rights for the Languedocian dialect.

    Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
  • Without repeated adherence to these moral precepts, free government cannot survive.

  • These two traitspride and an adherence to the point of honor, are almost invariably the mainsprings of Charalois conduct.

    The Fatal Dowry | Philip Massinger
  • The stanchest Republican may by reason of a blind adherence to party be working an injury to the country he loves.

    English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
  • France, he thought, had disqualified herself by her adherence to the traditions of her Revolution.

    The Life of Mazzini | Bolton King