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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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  • Look here; and he showed me advices from New York for 1,500 kronen.

  • He sends Charles to detective offices with advices for the shadowing of these runaways.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • He had had advices, he said, from Kazelia that I would bring a certain amount, and I didn't have it.

    Ghetto Comedies Israel Zangwill
  • advices from Furmville are that he is not there with his father-in-law and sister-in-law.

    The Winning Clue James Hay, Jr.
  • I have also had other advices on the subject which in the highest degree comfort me.

  • The sum total of Mr. Whipple's words and advices to him that summer had been these.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • But doctors' advices, like the warnings of fate, are seldom obeyed; least of all by the young.

    Willing to Die Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • And among them, according to advices which came to the administration, was Blood.

    Colonel Thomas Blood Wilbur Cortez Abbott
  • This was the substance of London advices previous to the arrests.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
British Dictionary definitions for advices


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 advices



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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