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[ad-vahy-zuh-ree] /ædˈvaɪ zə ri/
of, giving, or containing advice:
an advisory letter from a stockbroker.
having the power or duty to advise:
an advisory council.
noun, plural advisories.
a report on existing or predicted conditions, often with advice for dealing with them:
an investment advisory.
an announcement or bulletin that serves to advise and usually warn the public, as of some potential hazard:
a health advisory; a travelers' advisory.
an announcement from the U.S. National Weather Service to keep the public informed about the progress of a potentially dangerous weather condition:
hurricane advisory; tornado advisory.
Compare warning (def 3), watch (def 20).
Origin of advisory
1770-80; advise + -ory1
Related forms
advisorily, adverb
preadvisory, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But they want the sultan's advisory council to have more power.
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  • Workshops or citizen advisory committees and juries can be held to vet the issues involved.
  • We asked the visionary scientists on our advisory board what new trends will shape the decades to come.
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  • The program has an advisory council of transfer students.
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British Dictionary definitions for advisory


giving advice; empowered to make recommendations: an advisory body
noun (pl) -ries
a statement issued to give advice, recommendations, or a warning: a travel advisory
a person or organization with an advisory function: the Prime Minister's media advisory
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for advisory

1778; see advise + -ory. The noun meaning "weather warning" is from 1931.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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