[syn: adhesiveness, adhesion, adherence, bond]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Adherence \Ad*her"ence\, n. [Cf. F. adh['e]rence, LL.
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
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."
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: faithful support for a cause or political party or
religion; "attachment to a formal agenda"; "adherence to a
fat-free diet"; "the adhesion of Seville was decisive"
[syn: attachment, adherence, adhesion]
2: the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or
the joining of surfaces of different composition; "the mutual
adhesiveness of cells"; "a heated hydraulic press was
required for adhesion" [syn: adhesiveness, adhesion,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
87 Moby Thesaurus words for "adherence":
OK, acceptance, accordance, accretion, acquittal, acquittance,
adhesion, admiration, agglomeration, agglutination, allegiance,
approbation, approval, attachment, blessing, bona fides, bond,
bonne foi, care, carrying out, cling, clinging, clotting,
clustering, coagulation, coherence, cohesion, cohesiveness,
compaction, compliance, concretion, condensation, conformance,
conformity, congealment, congelation, conglobation, conglomeration,
consolidation, constancy, countenance, devotedness, devotion,
discharge, endorsement, esteem, execution, faith, faithfulness,
favor, favorable vote, fealty, fidelity, firmness, fulfillment,
good faith, heed, heeding, homage, inseparability, junction,
keeping, loyalty, nod, observance, observation, performance,
practice, respect, sanction, satisfaction, seal of approval, set,
setting, solidification, stamp of approval, staunchness,
steadfastness, sticking, tie, troth, true blue, trueness, voice,
vote, yea, yea vote