adherent

[ad-heer-uhnt, -her-]

noun

a person who follows or upholds a leader, cause, etc.; supporter; follower.

adjective

sticking; clinging; adhering: an adherent substance.
bound by contract or other formal agreement: the nations adherent to the Geneva Convention.
Biology. adnate.
Grammar. standing before and modifying a noun; attributive.

Nearby words

  1. adhan,
  2. adhd,
  3. adhere,
  4. adherence,
  5. adherend,
  6. adherently,
  7. adhesion,
  8. adhesiotomy,
  9. adhesive,
  10. adhesive absorbent dressing

Origin of adherent

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin adhērent- for Latin adhaerent- (stem of adhaerēns, present participle of adhaerēre). See adhere, -ent

Related formsad·her·ent·ly, adverbnon·ad·her·ent, adjective, nounpre·ad·her·ent, adjectivepre·ad·her·ent·ly, adverb

Can be confusedadherence adherents adhesion

Synonym study

1. See follower.

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British Dictionary definitions for adherent

adherent

noun

(usually foll by of) a supporter or follower

adjective

sticking, holding fast, or attached
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