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Borrowed from Old French avis, from the phrase ce m'est a vis ("in my view"), where vis is from Latin visus, past participle of videre (to see). See vision, and confer avise, advise. The unhistoric -d- was introduced in English 15c. Doublet of aviso.



advice (countable and uncountable, plural advices)

  1. (uncountable) An opinion recommended or offered, as worthy to be followed; counsel.
    She was offered various piece of advice on what to do with her new-found wealth.
    • 1732, Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack:
      We may give advice, but we can not give conduct.
  2. (uncountable, obsolete) Deliberate consideration; knowledge.
    • c. 1589-1593, William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona
      How shall I dote on her with more advice,
      That thus without advice begin to love her?
  3. (archaic, commonly in plural) Information or news given; intelligence
    late advices from France
  4. (uncountable) In commercial language, information communicated by letter; used chiefly in reference to drafts or bills of exchange
    a letter of advice
    (Can we find and add a quotation of McElrath to this entry?)
  5. (uncountable, law) Counseling to perform a specific illegal act.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wharton to this entry?)
  6. (countable, programming) In aspect-oriented programming, the code whose execution is triggered when a join point is reached.


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  1. Misspelling of advise.