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Adhe'sion. n.s. [adhæsio, Lat.]

  1. The act or state of sticking to some thing. Adhesion is generally used in the natural, and adherence in the metaphorical sense; as, the adhesion of iron to the magnet; and adherence of a client to his patron.

    Why therefore may not the minute parts of other bodies, if they be conveniently shaped for adhesion, stick to one another, as well as stick to this spirit? Boyle.

    The rest consisting wholly in the sensible configuration, as smooth and rough; or else more, or less, firm adhesion of the parts, as hard and soft, tough and brittle, are obvious. Locke.

    ——— Prove that all things, on occasion,
    Love union, and desire adhesion.

  2. It is sometimes taken, like adherence, figuratively, for firmness to an opinion, or steadiness in a practice.

    The same want of sincerity, the same adhesion to vice, and aversion from goodness, will be equally a reason for their rejecting any proof whatsoever. Atterbury's Sermons.

Sources: Atterbury, Francis (75) · Boyle, Robert (84) · Locke, John (269) · Prior, Matthew (162)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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