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Definition of adhesive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

adhesive

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ədˈhiːsɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈhiːsɪv//
 
; BrE BrE//ədˈhiːzɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈhiːzɪv//
 
 
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that can stick to something synonym sticky adhesive tape see also self-adhesive Word Origin late 17th cent. (in the sense ‘tending to adhere or cling to’): from French adhésif, -ive, from the verb adhérer, from Latin adhaerere ‘stick to’, from ad- ‘to’ + haerere ‘to stick’.
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