Definition of adherent in English:



  • Someone who supports a particular party, person, or set of ideas.

    ‘he was a strong adherent of monetarism’
    • ‘Violet was an adherent of the United Church of Canada.’
    • ‘Most mainstream religions might raise an eyebrow or two at the idea of their adherents doing that.’
    • ‘Over the years, as the theory has developed and become more widely known, it has attracted increasing numbers of adherents and sympathizers.’
    • ‘John Duncan was born in Athy in or about 1785 and unlike his brother Thomas he became an ardent adherent of Methodism.’
    • ‘The great irony of communism is that its most devoted adherents were not those at the top who brought it into being.’
    • ‘He was an adherent of liberation theology, a progressive movement that advocated for the poor.’
    • ‘He was not an adherent of an established religious tradition, but followed his own personal faith.’
    • ‘This distinct liturgical tradition, precisely because it is distinct, is attracting new adherents.’
    • ‘The Soviet Union's ideology had many adherents and apologists throughout the West.’
    • ‘As an adherent of the ‘ignore it and it will go away’ school of medicine it was only at my wife's insistence that I made an appointment with my GP.’
    • ‘The perception appears to be that I am such a slavish adherent of the letter of the law that I do not grasp the spirit of it.’
    • ‘Are some religions trying to soften their hard stances to try to attract more adherents, and is that the right thing to do?’
    • ‘In either its narrow or comprehensive version, utilitarianism has both devoted adherents and fierce opponents.’
    • ‘He was, in his younger days, an adherent of socialist views.’
    • ‘Even before that, I was not an adherent of the Freudian theory, just from my own experience.’
    • ‘Any person could be an adherent of the religion concerned, and be entitled to the same privileges and obligations as every other person.’
    • ‘He is an adherent of the somewhat controversial school of evolutionary psychology.’
    • ‘Worker militancy certainly persisted, but it attracted fewer adherents than in other countries.’
    • ‘Her unique confrontational style won her the most devoted adherents and the most rabid enemies.’
    follower, supporter, upholder, defender, advocate, disciple, votary, partisan, member, friend, stalwart
    fanatic, zealot
    believer, worshipper, attender
    fan, admirer, enthusiast, devotee, lover, addict, aficionado
    hanger-on, groupie, buff, freak, fiend, nut, maniac
    booster, cohort, rooter
    janissary, sectary
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  • Sticking fast to an object or surface.

    ‘the eggs have thick sticky shells to which debris is often adherent’
    ‘any adherent sand grains are easily removed’
    • ‘Normal mechanical ventilation produced no change in leukocyte rolling velocity and the number of adherent cells over 2 hours.’
    • ‘A 6 cm right adrenal mass that was quite adherent to the inferior vena cava was found.’
    • ‘Patients who have adherent clot on their ulcer at endoscopy are at increased risk of rebleeding, as was the case in six of seven patients in this series.’
    • ‘Signs of high-risk bleeding include active arterial bleeding, nonbleeding visible vessels, nonbleeding adherent clots, and ulcer oozing.’
    • ‘An understanding of the parameters controlling the number of rolling cells is important because it directly influences the number of adherent cells.’
    • ‘The mass was removed in multiple pieces, and some of the myocardial muscle was also removed with densely adherent tumor.’
    • ‘The appendix was enlarged and formed an irregular, nodular mass with adherent omentum, measuring 6 x 4 x 4 cm.’
    • ‘This procedure allows visualization of adherent bacteria in the living worms.’
    • ‘Unfortunately the tumor was quite adherent to the left subclavian artery and chest wall and could not be completely removed.’
    • ‘Latex beads pipetted onto the surface of adherent aggregates attach to the membrane and are internalized.’
    • ‘The experiments were repeated four times for each of at least five donors, and the average percentage of adherent cells under each condition was determined.’
    • ‘The limitation of our method is that it can only be used for studying cells in suspension and is therefore not suitable for adherent cell lines.’
    • ‘As the style grows and the papillae develop, adherent pollen grains are observed with increasing frequency.’
    • ‘It is remarkable that this coupling between energy storage and dissipation has been observed not only in different adherent cells but also in many soft biological tissues.’
    • ‘A growing body of evidence indicates that the primary control of adherent cell shape and deformability is exerted at the level of the cytoskeletal filaments.’
    • ‘The results from this study indicate that the retraction response is rarely observed in the current population of passive adherent cells selected for investigation.’
    • ‘As shear stress is increased, the number of firmly adherent cells decreases and the distribution of rolling velocities throughout the population becomes wider.’
    • ‘The applicability of the light scattering technique would be greatly expanded if it could be implemented using adherent cells.’
    • ‘Other options for removing adherent scale involve applying any of a variety of oils (peanut, olive or mineral) to soften the scale overnight, followed by use of a detergent or coal tar shampoo.’
    • ‘This produces a shinier and more adherent silver plating.’
    adhesive, sticky, sticking, adhering, clinging, tacky, gluey, gummy, gummed, cohesive, viscous, viscid, glutinous, mucilaginous
    gooey, gloopy, cloggy, gungy, icky
    tenacious, viscoid
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Late Middle English: from Old French adherent, from Latin adhaerent- sticking to, from the verb adhaerere (see adhere).