[ ad-vur-tns ]
/ ædˈvɜr tns /


the act of being or becoming advertent; heedfulness.

Nearby words

  1. adverse reaction,
  2. adverse selection,
  3. adversely,
  4. adversity,
  5. advert,
  6. advertency,
  7. advertent,
  8. advertise,
  9. advertised,
  10. advertisement

Origin of advertence

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at advert1, -ence

Related formsnon·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 Formsadvertent, adjectiveadvertently, adverb

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