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[ad-vahys] /ædˈvaɪs/
an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action, conduct, etc.:
I shall act on your advice.
a communication, especially from a distance, containing information:
Advice from abroad informs us that the government has fallen. Recent diplomatic advices have been ominous.
an official notification, especially one pertaining to a business agreement:
an overdue advice.
Origin of advice
late Middle English
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)
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. Unabridged
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  • I used not to hate you; I even had a liking for you; take this advice, then, which you say you are ready to follow.

    Mauprat George Sand
  • The advice was good, but in the present temper of the army it was felt to be impracticable.

  • Why, hedhonestly, dad would just kick me, if I took his advice.

    Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham
  • Against the advice of his men Soto consented to go there with him.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • I took his advice, and borrowed some clothes from Mary, while mine were put to the fire.

    The Heroine Eaton Stannard Barrett
British Dictionary definitions for advice


recommendation as to appropriate choice of action; counsel
(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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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