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 (adj.)).
1. Their religious adherence is not to the established church.
2. strict adherence to the rules
3. a slavish adherence to the rules
4. He gave his adherence to the newly - founded political party.
5. He was well known for his adherence to the rules.