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advice

[ad-vahys] /ædˈvaɪs/
noun
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.
3.
an official notification, especially one pertaining to a business agreement:
an overdue advice.
Origin
late Middle English
1250-1300
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) < Latin ad (see ad-) + vīsus (see visage)
Related forms
preadvice, noun
Can be confused
advice, advise (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
1. admonition, warning, caution; guidance; urging. 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. 2. intelligence, word. 3. notice, advisory.
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Examples from the web for advice
  • That's not bad advice for devotees of any high calling, whether art, scholarship or the church.
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  • Rely only on advice from travel health specialists.
  • What advice do you have for someone going into this field? .
  • Brokers generally give advice without charge if it is incidental to the purchase or sale of a security.
  • He has really big plans for his 100th birthday and some advice on how you can last a century, too.
  • Clear and concise, this book is a merger of motivational and concrete advice.
  • Hit up previous winners in your department for their proposals, and ask for their advice.
  • Planner's advice: Create a budget, cut living expenses, earn more money.
  • But for the readership this article is targeted at, the mass market consumer, the advice is right on the mark.
British Dictionary definitions for advice

advice

/ədˈvaɪs/
noun
1.
recommendation as to appropriate choice of action; counsel
2.
(sometimes pl) formal notification of facts, esp when communicated from a distance
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for advice
n.

late 13c., auys "opinion," from Old French avis "opinion, view, judgment, idea" (13c.), from phrase ço m'est à vis "it seems to me," or from Vulgar Latin *mi est visum "in my view," ultimately from Latin visum, neuter past participle of videre "to see" (see vision).

The unhistoric -d- was introduced in English 15c., on model of Latin words in ad-. Substitution of -c- for -s- is 18c., to preserve the breath sound and to distinguish from advise. Meaning "opinion given as to action, counsel" is from late 14c.

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