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adherent

[ad-heer-uh nt, -her-] /ædˈhɪər ənt, -ˈhɛr-/
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
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin adhērent- for Latin adhaerent- (stem of adhaerēns, present participle of adhaerēre). See adhere, -ent
Related forms
adherently, adverb
nonadherent, adjective, noun
preadherent, adjective
preadherently, adverb
Can be confused
adherence, adherents, adhesion.
Synonyms
1. disciple, devotee, fan. See follower.
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  • 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.
  • adherents of religious pluralism, in this sense, hold that their faith is true.
  • The lds church also teaches that its adherents are members of the house of israel.
  • adherents of kabbalah reject both the rationalist and social approach to prayer.
British Dictionary definitions for adherents

adherent

/ədˈhɪərənt/
noun
1.
(usually foll by of) a supporter or follower
adjective
2.
sticking, holding fast, or attached
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Word Origin and History for adherents

adherent

adj.

late 14c., from Old French adherent or directly from Latin adhaerentem (nominative adhaerens), present participle of adhaerere "stick to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + haerere "to stick" (see hesitation).

n.

"follower, associate, supporter," early 15c., from Old French adherent or directly from Latin adhaerentem (see adherent (adj.)). Meaning "adhesive substance" is from 1912.

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