- The exchange of opinions and advice especially in legal issues; consultation.
- 1549 March 7, Thomas Cranmer [et al.], compilers, “The Introites, Collectes, Epistles, and Gospels to be Used at the Celebracion of the Lordes Supper & Holy Communion, throughe the Yeare: With Proper Psalmes, and Lessons for Diuers Feastes and Dayes”, in The Booke of the Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacramentes, […], London: […] Edowardi Whitchurche […], OCLC 56485293, folio viia, recto:
- Bleſſed is that man that hath not walked in the counſaile of the vngodly: nor ſtand in the waye of ſynners, and hath not ſit in the ſeate of ſkornefull.
- Exercise of judgment; prudence.
- Advice; guidance.
- 1678, John Bunyan, “The Author’s Apology for His Book”, in The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World, to That which is to Come: […], London: […] Nath[aniel] Ponder […], OCLC 228725984; reprinted in The Pilgrim’s Progress (The Noel Douglas Replicas), London: Noel Douglas, […], 1928, OCLC 5190338:
- This Book will make a Travailer of thee,
If by its Counſel thou wilt ruled be;
It will direct thee to the Holy Land,
If thou wilt its Directions understand:
Yea, it will make the ſloathful, active be;
The Blind alſo, delightful things to ſee.
- 1847, Alfred Tennyson, “(please specify the page number, or |part=Prologue, I to VII, or conclusion)”, in The Princess: A Medley, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 2024748:
- It was ill counsel had misled the girl.
- Deliberate purpose; design; intent; scheme; plan.
- A lawyer, as in Queen's Counsel (QC).
In the sense 'lawyer', the word is usually uncountable, counsel meaning one lawyer or many (not counsels).
- See also Thesaurus:advice
- (transitive) To give advice, especially professional advice, to (somebody).
- The lawyer counselled his client to remain silent.
- Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals counsel clients.
- (transitive) To recommend (a course of action).
- I would counsel prudence in this matter.
- See also Thesaurus:advise
to give advice, especially professional advice
- a secret opinion or purpose; a private matter