- recommendation as to appropriate choice of action; counsel
- (sometimes plural) formal notification of facts, esp when communicated from a distance
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- an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action.
- an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action, conduct, etc.:I shall act on your advice.
- a communication, esp. from a distance, containing information:Advice from abroad informs us that the government has fallen. Recent diplomatic advices have been ominous.
- an official notification, esp. one pertaining to a business agreement:an overdue advice.
- Latin ad (see ad-) + vīsus (see visage)
- Old French a vis (taken from the phrase ce m'est a vis that is my impression, it seems to me)
- 1250–1300; late Middle English advise; replacing Middle English avis (with ad- ad- for a- a-5)
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged admonition, warning, caution;
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.See corresponding entry in Unabridged intelligence, word.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged notice, advisory.