[ 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

non·ad·vert·ence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for advertence

  • Here as in all exercise, companionship which removes conscious attention from advertence to the will greatly aids.

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

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

  • Thus such souls are preserved from even venial sins of advertence and, if they commit some inadvertently they are not imputed.

British Dictionary definitions for advertence



/ (ədˈvɜːtəns) /


heedfulness or attentiveness

Derived Forms

advertent, adjectiveadvertently, adverb
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