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 for adherence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Adherence \Ad*her"ence\, n. [Cf. F. adh['e]rence, LL.
     adhaerentia.]
     1. The quality or state of adhering.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. The state of being fixed in attachment; fidelity; steady
        attachment; adhesion; as, adherence to a party or to
        opinions.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Syn: Adherence, Adhesion.
  
     Usage: These words, which were once freely interchanged, are
            now almost entirely separated. Adherence is no longer
            used to denote physical union, but is applied, to
            mental states or habits; as, a strict adherence to
            one's duty; close adherence to the argument, etc.
            Adhesion is now confined chiefly to the physical
            sense, except in the phrase "To give in one's adhesion
            to a cause or a party."
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  adherence
      n 1: faithful support for a cause or political party or
           religion; "attachment to a formal agenda"; "adherence to a
           fat-free diet"; "the adhesion of Seville was decisive"
           [syn: attachment, adherence, adhesion]
      2: the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or
         the joining of surfaces of different composition; "the mutual
         adhesiveness of cells"; "a heated hydraulic press was
         required for adhesion" [syn: adhesiveness, adhesion,
         adherence, bond]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  87 Moby Thesaurus words for "adherence":
     OK, acceptance, accordance, accretion, acquittal, acquittance,
     adhesion, admiration, agglomeration, agglutination, allegiance,
     approbation, approval, attachment, blessing, bona fides, bond,
     bonne foi, care, carrying out, cling, clinging, clotting,
     clustering, coagulation, coherence, cohesion, cohesiveness,
     compaction, compliance, concretion, condensation, conformance,
     conformity, congealment, congelation, conglobation, conglomeration,
     consolidation, constancy, countenance, devotedness, devotion,
     discharge, endorsement, esteem, execution, faith, faithfulness,
     favor, favorable vote, fealty, fidelity, firmness, fulfillment,
     good faith, heed, heeding, homage, inseparability, junction,
     keeping, loyalty, nod, observance, observation, performance,
     practice, respect, sanction, satisfaction, seal of approval, set,
     setting, solidification, stamp of approval, staunchness,
     steadfastness, sticking, tie, troth, true blue, trueness, voice,
     vote, yea, yea vote
  
  

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