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[ad-heer-uh ns, -her-]
  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.
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Origin of adherence

< Medieval Latin adhērentia. See adhere, -ence
Related formsnon·ad·her·ence, nounpre·ad·her·ence, noun
Can be confusedadherence adherents adhesion
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Examples from the Web for non-adherence

Historical Examples

  • It will be most likely that some grease is the cause of the non-adherence of the parts.

    The Repairing &amp; Restoration of Violins

    Horace Petherick

Word Origin and History for non-adherence



mid-15c., "attachment to a person, support," from Middle French adhérence, from Latin adhaerentia, noun of action from adhaerentem (nominative adhaerens), present participle of adhaerare (see adherent).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

non-adherence in Medicine


  1. The extent to which the patient continues the agreed-upon mode of treatment under limited supervision when faced with conflicting demands, as distinguished from compliance or maintenance.
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