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[ad-heer-uh ns, -her-] /ædˈhɪər əns, -ˈhɛr-/
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.
Origin of adherence
< Medieval Latin adhērentia. See adhere, -ence
Related forms
nonadherence, noun
preadherence, noun
Can be confused
adherence, adherents, adhesion. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for adherence
  • 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.
  • What we must have in science is adherence to good scientific principals that prove linkage in a scientific way.
  • At stake is more than just technical adherence to a treaty, arms analysts say.
  • Travel managers also cast adherence to corporate travel policy as a safety and security issue.
  • Not that this show is unusual in its adherence to the formula.
  • Personnel decisions are made based on factors such as performance and adherence to corporate policy.
  • The party needs to step away from rigid adherence to social issues and instead start trying to solve real problems.
Word Origin and History for adherence

mid-15c., "attachment to a person, support," from Middle French adhérence, from Latin adhaerentia, noun of action from adhaerentem (nominative adhaerens), present participle of adhaerare (see adherent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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adherence in Medicine

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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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