Dab some Krazy Glue onto a surface and you'll see how powerful its properties of adhesion, or stickiness, are. Similarly, someone who sticks to a cause no matter what has a really strong adhesion or commitment to that cause.

Adhesion comes from the Latin adhaesionem meaning "a sticking to," a translation that perfectly captures that adhesive quality. Objects can be characterized by their adhesion — like Scotch tape or Velcro. Similarly, when you see a group of protesters camped outside the Capital fighting for a cause, it's their adhesion (or dedication) that keeps them stuck there rain or shine. In medicine, adhesion is used to describe abnormal bands of scar tissue that might form after a surgery.

Definitions of adhesion
  1. noun
    the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition
    “a heated hydraulic press was required for adhesion
    synonyms: adherence, adhesiveness, bond
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    the property of sticking to a surface
  2. noun
    abnormal union of bodily tissues; most common in the abdomen
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    an abnormal adhesion of two or more structures
    adhesions between the iris and the lens or cornea resulting from trauma or eye surgery or as a complication of glaucoma or cataract; can lead to blindness
    anterior synechia
    adhesion between the iris and the cornea
    posterior synechia
    adhesion between the iris and the lens
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    any deviation from a healthy or normal condition
  3. noun
    a fibrous band of scar tissue that binds together normally separate anatomical structures
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    scar tissue
    the connective tissue that forms a scar; consists of fibroblasts in new scars and collagen fibers in old scars
  4. noun
    faithful support for a cause or political party or religion
    “the adhesion of Seville was decisive”
    synonyms: adherence, attachment
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    excessive adherence to ecclesiastical forms and activities
    cabalism, kabbalism
    adherence to some extreme traditional theological concept or interpretation
    adherence or attachment to a monarchy or to the principle of monarchal government
    adherence to tradition (especially in cultural or religious matters)
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    aiding the cause or policy or interests of
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