[ ad-heer-uhnt, -her- ]
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  1. a person who follows or upholds a leader, cause, etc.; supporter; follower.

  1. sticking; clinging; adhering: an adherent substance.

  2. bound by contract or other formal agreement: the nations adherent to the Geneva Convention.

  1. Biology. adnate.

  2. Grammar. standing before and modifying a noun; attributive.

Origin of adherent

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Medieval Latin adhērent-, from Latin adhaerent-, stem of adhaerēns “sticking to,” present participle of adhaerēre “to stick to”; equivalent to adhere + -ent

synonym study For adherent

1. See follower.

Other words for adherent

Other words from adherent

  • ad·her·ent·ly, adverb
  • non·ad·her·ent, adjective, noun
  • pre·ad·her·ent, adjective
  • pre·ad·her·ent·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with adherent

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

How to use adherent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for adherent


/ (ədˈhɪərənt) /

  1. (usually foll by of) a supporter or follower

  1. sticking, holding fast, or attached

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