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adherence


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Adherence  \Ad*her"ence\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  adh['e]rence,  LL 
  adhaerentia.] 
  1.  The  quality  or  state  of  adhering. 
 
  2.  The  state  of  being  fixed  in  attachment;  fidelity;  steady 
  attachment;  adhesion;  as  adherence  to  a  party  or  to 
  opinions. 
 
  Syn:  {Adherence},  {Adhesion}. 
 
  Usage:  These  words  which  were  once  freely  interchanged,  are 
  now  almost  entirely  separated.  Adherence  is  no  longer 
  used  to  denote  physical  union,  but  is  applied,  to 
  mental  states  or  habits;  as  a  strict  adherence  to 
  one's  duty;  close  adherence  to  the  argument,  etc 
  Adhesion  is  now  confined  chiefly  to  the  physical 
  sense  except  in  the  phrase  ``To  give  in  one's 
  adhesion  to  a  cause  or  a  party.'' 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  adherence 
  n  1:  faithful  support  for  a  religion  or  cause  or  political  party 
  [syn:  {attachment}] 
  2:  the  property  of  sticking  together  (as  of  glue  and  wood) 
  [syn:  {adhesiveness},  {adhesion},  {bond}] 




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