- the quality of adhering; steady devotion, support, allegiance, or attachment: adherence to a party; rigid adherence to rules.
- the act or state of adhering; adhesion.
n.mid-15c., “attachment to a person, support,” from Middle French adhérence, from Latin adhaerentia, noun of action from adhaerentem (nominative adhaerens), present participle of adhaerare (see adherent). n.
- The extent to which the patient continues the agreed-upon mode of treatment under limited supervision when faced with conflicting demands, as distinguished from compliance or maintenance.