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[ad-vur-tns] /ædˈvɜr tns/
the act of being or becoming advertent; heedfulness.
Origin of advertence
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at advert1, -ence
Related forms
nonadvertence, noun Unabridged
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  • Here as in all exercise, companionship which removes conscious attention from advertence to the will greatly aids.

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  • Lack of advertence always lessens pain and may even nullify it until it becomes exceedingly severe.

    Health Through Will Power James J. Walsh
  • Thus such souls are preserved from even venial sins of advertence and, if they commit some inadvertently they are not imputed.

  • The reversals of fortune, O Cadi, are swift and grievous, and beyond the foreknowing or advertence of men.

British Dictionary definitions for advertence


heedfulness or attentiveness
Derived Forms
advertent, adjective
advertently, adverb
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