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[gahyd-ns] /ˈgaɪd ns/
the act or function of guiding; leadership; direction.
advice or counseling, especially that provided for students choosing a course of study or preparing for a vocation.
supervised care or assistance, especially therapeutic help in the treatment of minor emotional disturbances.
something that guides.
the process by which the flight of a missile or rocket may be altered in speed and direction in response to controls situated either wholly in the projectile or partly at a base.
Origin of guidance
1765-75; guide + -ance
Related forms
nonguidance, noun
preguidance, noun
self-guidance, noun
1. management, conduct, supervision, control, government. Unabridged
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  • They love their faiths, they find in them help and consolation and guidance, at least they tell me so.

    The Hearts of Men H. Fielding
  • Captain Cook received the secret instructions for his guidance on July 6, 1776.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • And I have sought for guidance on it with much wrestling of the spirit.

    A Charming Fellow, Volume I (of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • But still they are dealt with separately in Scripture, and I follow the guidance.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • If so, I must retire, and leave you to The care and guidance of the gipsy queen.D.

    Tales of the Wonder Club, Volume III M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)
British Dictionary definitions for guidance


leadership, instruction, or direction
  1. counselling or advice on educational, vocational, or psychological matters
  2. (as modifier): the marriage-guidance counsellor
something that guides
any process by which the flight path of a missile is controlled in flight See also guided missile
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Word Origin and History for guidance

1530s, "the process of directing conduct," hybrid from guide + -ance; replacing 15c. guying. In reference to direction in school, career, marriage, etc., from 1927.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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