A Dictionary of the English Language
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Adhe'rence. n.s. [from adhere.] See Adhesion.

  1. The quality of adhering, or sticking; tenacity.

  2. In a figurative sense, fixedness of mind; attachment; steadiness.

    Their firm adherence to their religion is no less remarkable than their dispersion; considering it as persecuted or contemned over the whole earth. Addison. Spectator, № 495.

    A constant adherence to one sort of diet may have bad effects on any constitution. Arbuthnot on Aliments.

    Plain good sense, and a firm adherence to the point, have proved more effectual than those arts, which are contemptuously called the spirit of negociating. Swift.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Arbuthnot, John (227) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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