Definition of adherent in English:

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adherent

Pronunciation: /adˈhirənt/
/adˈherənt/

noun

Someone who supports a particular party, person, or set of ideas: he was a strong adherent of monetarism
More example sentences
  • He was an adherent of liberation theology, a progressive movement that advocated for the poor.
  • He was, in his younger days, an adherent of socialist views.
  • John Duncan was born in Athy in or about 1785 and unlike his brother Thomas he became an ardent adherent of Methodism.

adjective

Sticking fast to an object or surface: the eggs have thick sticky shells to which debris is often adherent
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  • Latex beads pipetted onto the surface of adherent aggregates attach to the membrane and are internalized.
  • As the style grows and the papillae develop, adherent pollen grains are observed with increasing frequency.
  • Other options for removing adherent scale involve applying any of a variety of oils (peanut, olive or mineral) to soften the scale overnight, followed by use of a detergent or coal tar shampoo.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French adherent, from Latin adhaerent- 'sticking to', from the verb adhaerere (see adhere).

Words that rhyme with adherent

coherent, sederunt

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Syllabification: ad·her·ent

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