[ ad-vahys ]
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  1. an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action, conduct, etc.: I shall act on your advice.

  2. a communication, especially from a distance, containing information: Advice from abroad informs us that the government has fallen.Recent diplomatic advices have been ominous.

  1. an official notification, especially one pertaining to a business agreement: an overdue advice.

Origin of advice

First recorded in 1250–1300; late Middle English advise; replacing Middle English avis (with ad- ad- for a-a-5), Old French a vis (taken from the phrase ce m'est a vis “that is my impression, it seems to me”), from Latin ad (see ad-) + vīsus “looking, sight” (see visage)

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1. Advice, counsel, recommendation, suggestion, persuasion, exhortation refer to opinions urged with more or less force as worthy bases for thought, opinion, conduct, or action. Advice is a practical recommendation as to action or conduct: advice about purchasing land. Counsel is weighty and serious advice, given after careful deliberation: counsel about one's career. Recommendation is weaker than advice and suggests an opinion that may or may not be acted upon: Do you think he'll follow my recommendation? Suggestion implies something more tentative than a recommendation: He did not expect his suggestion to be taken seriously. Persuasion suggests a stronger form of advice, urged at some length with appeals to reason, emotion, self-interest, or ideals: His persuasion changed their minds. Exhortation suggests an intensified persuasion or admonition, often in the form of a discourse or address: an impassioned exhortation.

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  • pre·ad·vice, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for advice


/ (ədˈvaɪs) /

  1. recommendation as to appropriate choice of action; counsel

  2. (sometimes plural) formal notification of facts, esp when communicated from a distance

Origin of advice

C13: avis (later advise), via Old French from a Vulgar Latin phrase based on Latin ad to, according to + vīsum view (hence: according to one's view, opinion)

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