[ad-heer-uhns, -her-]
the quality of adhering; steady devotion, support, allegiance, or attachment: adherence to a party; rigid adherence to rules.
the act or state of adhering; adhesion.

< Medieval Latin adhērentia. See adhere, -ence

nonadherence, noun
preadherence, noun

adherence, adherents, adhesion. Unabridged
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adhere (ədˈhɪə)
1.  (usually foll by to) to stick or hold fast
2.  (foll by to) to be devoted (to a political party, cause, religion, etc); be a follower (of)
3.  (foll by to) to follow closely or exactly: adhere to the rules
[C16: via Medieval Latin adhērēre from Latin adhaerēre to stick to]

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Word Origin & History

1530s, from Fr. adhérence, from L. adhaerentia, noun of action from adhaerentem (nom. adhaerens), pp. of adhaerare (see adherent).
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Medical Dictionary

adherence ad·her·ence (ād-hǐr'əns, -hěr'-)
The extent to which the patient continues the agreed-upon mode of treatment under limited supervision when faced with conflicting demands, as distinguished from compliance or maintenance.

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Example sentences
Common sense should supersede strict adherence to law.
Part of what tenure is for is to enable adherence to schloarly values.
Traditional coding devotes a huge amount of time to up-front planning, then
  demands rigid adherence to that plan.
This strict adherence to the present moment of the fiction could seem limiting.
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