Meaning of adherence


Adherence means “sticking to” or “being faithful to,” such as your adherence to your diet even when chocolate cake is around, or students’ adherence to school rules — they do not use cell phones or music players in class.

The noun adherence is related to the verb adhere, meaning “to stick.” If something adheres, it sticks it to something, like a bumper stick that adheres to a car or a person who adheres to a plan, not changing it along the way. Adherence describes this willingness to stick or be faithful, like adherence to child labor laws that means young workers cannot work past a certain time on school nights.

Definitions of adherence
  1. noun

    the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition


    adhesion, adhesiveness, bond

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    the property of sticking to a surface

  2. noun

    faithful support for a cause or political party or religion

    adherence to a fat-free diet”

    adhesion, attachment

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    excessive adherence to ecclesiastical forms and activities
    cabalism, kabbalism

    adherence to some extreme traditional theological concept or interpretation

    adherence or attachment to a monarchy or to the principle of monarchal government

    adherence to tradition (especially in cultural or religious matters)
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    aiding the cause or policy or interests of

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