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Adherent (adjective)

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Adhe'rent. adj. [from adhere.]

  1. Sticking to.

    Close to the cliff with both his hands he clung,
    And stuck adherent, and suspended hung.
    Pope's Odyssey.

  2. United with.

    Modes are said to be inherent or adherent, that is, proper or improper. Adherent or improper modes arise from the joining of some accidental substance to the chief subject, which yet may be separated from it; so, when a bowl is wet, or a boy is cloathed, these are adherent modes; for the water and the clothes are distinct substances which adhere to the bowl, or to the boy. Watts’s Logick.

Sources: Watts, Isaac (117)

Attributes: Adjective (426)

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