Sticky; tenacious, as glutinous substances.
- Tending to adhere; sticky.
- Gummed so as to adhere.
- Tending to persist; difficult if not impossible to shake off: "He feels an adhesive dread, a sudden acquaintance with the . . . darker side of mankind” ( George F. Will).
- A substance, such as paste or cement, that provides or promotes adhesion.