Definition of adherent in English:

adherent

Syllabification: ad·her·ent
Pronunciation: /adˈhi(ə)rənt, -ˈher-
 
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noun

  • 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.

adjective

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  • 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.

Derivatives

adherence

noun
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  • Anna appears to be an angel to Holly, but her adherence to Harry complicates her moral position.
  • We want strict adherence to the Constitution as was intended by the founding fathers.
  • But at the same time, adherence to these rules also serves to define the community, and to give it boundaries.

Origin

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

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