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adherent

ad·her·ent

adherent

 
 
pronunciation:
aed hi rnt
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition: one who supports or follows a person, party, principle, or the like (usu. fol. by of).
The new faith quickly gathered adherents.Bach was an adherent of Lutheranism.
synonyms:
disciple, follower, partisan, supporter
antonyms:
dissenter, opponent, renegade
similar words:
acolyte, advocate, backer, champion, devotee, fan, patron, pupil, rotary, student
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: attached or clinging.
The bandage had become adherent to the wound.
synonyms:
attached, clinging, tenacious
antonyms:
loose
similar words:
gummy, sticky, viscous
definition 2: in botany, growing or having grown together.
adherent leaves
antonyms:
split
similar words:
coalesced, fused, merged
derivation: adherently (adv.)
Word Parts
The word adherent contains the following parts:
ad- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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Originally a Latin preposition and prefix, ad- occurs in English in Latin loanwords. It has multiple forms, as the final 'd' sound in ad- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms: ac-, af-, ag-1, al-, an-, ap-, ar-, as-, and at-.
her, hes Latin root that means stick
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means In nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.