Adherence Ad*her"ence, n. [Cf. F. adh['e]rence, LL. adhaerentia.] 1. The quality or state of adhering. [1913 Webster]

2. The state of being fixed in attachment; fidelity; steady attachment; adhesion; as, adherence to a party or to opinions. [1913 Webster]

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.'' [1913 Webster]

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