Definition of adherent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ədˈhɪər(ə)nt/


Someone who supports a particular party, person, or set of ideas: he was a strong adherent of monetarism
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  • 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.
follower, supporter, upholder, defender, advocate, disciple, votary, partisan, member, friend, stalwart;
fanatic, zealot;
believer, worshipper, attender;
fan, admirer, enthusiast, devotee, lover, addict, aficionado
informal hanger-on, groupie, buff, freak, fiend, nut, maniac
North American informal booster, cohort, rooter
rare janissary, sectary


Sticking fast to an object or surface: the eggs have thick sticky shells to which debris is often adherent any adherent sand grains are easily removed
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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.
adhesive, sticky, sticking, adhering, clinging, tacky, gluey, gummy, gummed, cohesive, viscous, viscid, glutinous, mucilaginous;
British  claggy;
Scottish & Northern English  clarty
informal gooey, gloopy, cloggy, gungy, icky
North American informal gloppy
rare tenacious, viscoid


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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