Noun Adherent Definition and Examples







Someone who supports a particular party, person, or set of ideas.
  1. 'Over the years, as the theory has developed and become more widely known, it has attracted increasing numbers of adherents and sympathizers.'
  2. 'He was an adherent of liberation theology, a progressive movement that advocated for the poor.'
  3. 'Her unique confrontational style won her the most devoted adherents and the most rabid enemies.'
  4. 'John Duncan was born in Athy in or about 1785 and unlike his brother Thomas he became an ardent adherent of Methodism.'
  5. 'This distinct liturgical tradition, precisely because it is distinct, is attracting new adherents.'
  6. 'The great irony of communism is that its most devoted adherents were not those at the top who brought it into being.'
  7. 'In either its narrow or comprehensive version, utilitarianism has both devoted adherents and fierce opponents.'
  8. 'He was not an adherent of an established religious tradition, but followed his own personal faith.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'He is an adherent of the somewhat controversial school of evolutionary psychology.'


Sticking fast to an object or surface.
  1. 'any adherent sand grains are easily removed'
  2. 'As the style grows and the papillae develop, adherent pollen grains are observed with increasing frequency.'
  3. 'Unfortunately the tumor was quite adherent to the left subclavian artery and chest wall and could not be completely removed.'
  4. '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.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'The applicability of the light scattering technique would be greatly expanded if it could be implemented using adherent cells.'
  7. 'Normal mechanical ventilation produced no change in leukocyte rolling velocity and the number of adherent cells over 2 hours.'
  8. 'An understanding of the parameters controlling the number of rolling cells is important because it directly influences the number of adherent cells.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'This produces a shinier and more adherent silver plating.'
  11. 'A 6 cm right adrenal mass that was quite adherent to the inferior vena cava was found.'
((n.) One who adheres; one who adheres; one who follows a leader, party, or profession; a follower, or partisan; a believer in a particular faith or church.|--|(n.) That which adheres; an appendage.|--|)


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.


"churches can have adherents."
"religions can have adherents."
"people can have adherents."
"schools can have adherents."
"people/places/organizations can have adherents."
"adherents can be to principles."
"theories can have adherents."
"styles can have adherents."
"messages can have adherents."
"hierarchies can have adherents."
"faiths can have adherents."
"bloodlines can have adherents."
"adherents can be during dates."
"adherents can be to visions."
"adherents can be to views."
"adherents can be to speakers."
"adherents can be to monetarisms."
"adherents can be to models."
"adherents can be to macroeconomicses."
"adherents can be to faiths."

Late Middle English: from Old French adherent, from Latin adhaerent- ‘sticking to’, from the verb adhaerere (see adhere).

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