Definition of adherent noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

adherent

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ədˈhɪərənt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈhɪrənt//
 
(formal)
 
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a person who supports a political party or set of ideas synonym supporter Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French adherent, from Latin adhaerent- ‘sticking to’, from the verb adhaerere , from ad- ‘to’ + haerere ‘to stick’.Extra examples Prescriptive grammarians are seen as blind adherents to outdated norms of formal usage. The movement has many enthusiastic adherents. We should not show animosity to adherents of other faiths.
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