adherent

[ad-heer-uhnt, -her-]
noun
1.
a person who follows or upholds a leader, cause, etc.; supporter; follower.
adjective
2.
sticking; clinging; adhering: an adherent substance.
3.
bound by contract or other formal agreement: the nations adherent to the Geneva Convention.
4.
Biology, adnate.
5.
Grammar. standing before and modifying a noun; attributive.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin adhērent- for Latin adhaerent- (stem of adhaerēns, present participle of adhaerēre). See adhere, -ent

adherently, adverb
nonadherent, adjective, noun
preadherent, adjective
preadherently, adverb

adherence, adherents, adhesion.


1. disciple, devotee, fan. See follower.
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adherent (ədˈhɪərənt)
 
n
1.  (usually foll by of) a supporter or follower
 
adj
2.  sticking, holding fast, or attached

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adherent
c.1400, from L. adhærentem, prp. of adhærere "stick to," from ad- "to" + hærere "to stick" (see hesitation). The noun meaning "one who adheres" is from mid-15c.; that of "adhesive substance" is from 1912.
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Example sentences for Adherents
The adherents of this model placed poetic language at the centre of their
  inquiry.
This extended to many adherents of rival philosophies and religions.
As a statesman he won himself both enthusiastic adherents and bitter enemies.
Adherents of the faith are expected to respect or follow each of these closely.
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