Etymology
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adhesive (adj.)

"sticky, cleaving or clinging," 1660s, from French adhésif, formed in French from Latin adhaes-, past-participle stem of adhaerere "stick to" (see adherent (adj.)).

adhesive (n.)

1881, from adhesive (adj.). Originally of postage stamps, short for adhesive stamp (1840). By 1900 as "a substance that causes to adhere."

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Definitions of adhesive
1
adhesive (n.)
a substance that unites or bonds surfaces together;
Synonyms: adhesive material / adhesive agent
2
adhesive (adj.)
tending to adhere;
From wordnet.princeton.edu