Adherent



a person who follows or upholds a leader, cause, etc.; supporter; follower.
sticking; clinging; :
an adherent substance.
bound by contract or other formal agreement:
the nations adherent to the Geneva Convention.
Biology, .
Grammar. standing before and modifying a noun; attributive.
Contemporary Examples

Twenty-five percent of Americans believe that Obama is an adherent of Islam.
November Surprises Christopher Buckley November 2, 2008

Historical Examples

The membranes of the cord have been found inflamed and adherent, but the spinal cord was usually normal.
Barium, A Cause of the Loco-Weed Disease Albert Cornelius Crawford

She was the partisan on Tom’s side, the adherent on her father’s.
Southern Lights and Shadows Various

On the succeeding day the eschar was adherent and the pain had almost subsided.
An Essay on the Application of the Lunar Caustic in the Cure of Certain Wounds and Ulcers John Higginbottom

As she departed she turned and cast a black look at the adherent.
John Gayther’s Garden and the Stories Told Therein Frank R. Stockton

Elaters truncate at each end, unispiral, adherent to the valves.
The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States Asa Gray

If large, and specially if adherent, the neck alone should be cleared.
A Manual of the Operations of Surgery Joseph Bell

Filaments more or less coherent in groups, adherent to the styles, and produced beaklike beyond the anthers.
The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits Mary Elizabeth Parsons

Of my ever being an adherent of the Stuart family, I have no fears.
Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 17 Alexander Leighton

Consequently, one who was an adherent of the doctrine of Descent was also a Darwinian.
At the Deathbed of Darwinism Eberhard Dennert

noun
(usually foll by of) a supporter or follower
adjective
sticking, holding fast, or attached
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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