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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Adherence, n. Also: adhe(i)rance, -anttis. [e.m.E. (early 17th c.), F. adhérence, med.L. adhærentia.]

1. Attachment, adhesion; spec. in Law, of husband and wife. 1563 St. A. Kirk S. 157.
To stop his adherance, … [he] allegis adultery, committit be the said Barbara
1565 Ib. 246.
Eupham … askis hyr to be absolvit fra adherence, and liberte to mary
1583 Reg. Privy C. III. 598.
Aither of thame may persew for adherence or divorcement
c1600 Montg. Suppl. 213/48.
That onlie adamant ar ȝe, Quhairto my luife adheranttis takis

2. coll. Adherents. a1578 Pitsc. I. 126/14.
Because they war the kingis maiesteis adherence
c1615 Chron. Kings 14.
The Romans and thair adheirance

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