What does adherence mean?

Definitions for adherence
ædˈhɪər əns, -ˈhɛr-ad·her·ence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. attachment, adherence, adhesionnoun

    faithful support for a cause or political party or religion

    "attachment to a formal agenda"; "adherence to a fat-free diet"; "the adhesion of Seville was decisive"

  2. adhesiveness, adhesion, adherence, bondnoun

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

    "the mutual adhesiveness of cells"; "a heated hydraulic press was required for adhesion"


  1. adherencenoun

    A close physical union of two objects.

  2. adherencenoun

    Faithful support for some cause.

  3. adherencenoun

    An extent to which a patient continues an agreed treatment plan.

  4. Etymology: From adhérence, from adhærentia

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Adherencenoun

    Etymology: from adhere.

    Their firm adherence to their religion is no less remarkable than their dispersion; considering it as persecuted or contemned over the whole earth. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 495.

    A constant adherence to one sort of diet may have bad effects on any constitution. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Plain good sense, and a firm adherence to the point, have proved more effectual than those arts, which are contemptuously called the spirit of negociating. Jonathan Swift.


  1. adherence

    Adherence refers to the level of commitment, dedication, or compliance to a specific regimen, plan, guideline, rule, or set of instructions. It can be applied in various contexts like medication, therapy, or program where it typically means carefully following the prescribed method or procedure. It also signifies the capability or willingness to stick to or uphold certain beliefs, standards, or values.

  2. adherence

    Adherence refers to the act of sticking firmly and faithfully to a particular plan, set of instructions, or belief. It can also refer to the level of commitment or loyalty towards something or someone. In a medical context, it denotes a patient's consistency in following prescribed treatments or medication routines.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adherencenoun

    the quality or state of adhering

  2. Adherencenoun

    the state of being fixed in attachment; fidelity; steady attachment; adhesion; as, adherence to a party or to opinions

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adherence in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adherence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of adherence in a Sentence

  1. J. William Fulbright:

    It is not our affluence, or our plumbing, or our clogged freeways that grip the imagination of others. Rather, it is the values upon which our system is built. These values imply our adherence not only to liberty and individual freedom, but also to international peace, law and order, and constructive social purpose. When we depart from these values, we do so at our peril.

  2. Marie Teresa Brown:

    Cost, access to health care, and simply forgetting have in the past been thought by doctors to be the main reason for non-adherence, however, most non-adherence is intentional – patients choose not to take their medications.

  3. Clifford V. Villalon:

    Advocacy is not adherence or principle if it knows no law.

  4. Patrick Henry:

    Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is impossible that a nation of infidels or idolaters should be a nation of freemen. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.

  5. David Mamet:

    The proclamation and repetition of first principles is a constant feature of life in our democracy. Active adherence to these principles, however, has always been considered un-American. We recipients of the boon of liberty have always been ready, when faced with discomfort, to discard any and all first principles of liberty, and, further, to indict those who do not freely join with us in happily arrogating those principles.

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