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Meaning of adherent by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • adhærent ( archaic )


    adherent ( comparative more adherent, superlative most adherent )

    1. Adhesive, sticking to something .
    2. Having the quality of clinging or sticking fast to something .
    3. ( botany ) Attaching or pressing against a different organ .

    Related terms


    adherent ( plural: adherents )

    1. A person who has membership in some group, association or religion .


Explanation of adherent by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. sticking fast

    1. someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another

    Definition of adherent by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Adherent a. [L. adhaerens, -entis, p. pr.: cf. F. adhérent.]
      1. Sticking; clinging; adhering. Pope.

      2. Attached as an attribute or circumstance.

      3. ( Bot. ) Congenitally united with an organ of another kind, as calyx with ovary, or stamens with petals.

    2. Adherent, n.
      1. One who adheres; one who adheres; one who follows a leader, party, or profession; a follower, or partisan; a believer in a particular faith or church.

      2. That which adheres; an appendage. [R.] Milton.

      Syn. -- Follower; partisan; upholder; disciple; supporter; dependent; ally; backer.