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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.
Contemporary Examples

One fan asks Franco, in severely broken English, for “advices” on becoming an actress.
James and the Giant Internet Company: Franco and AOL Get Kissy Faces Amy Zimmerman September 17, 2014

Historical Examples

Look here; and he showed me advices from New York for 1,500 kronen.
The Immigrant Tide, Its Ebb and Flow Edward A. Steiner

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 Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II. John Lothrop Motley

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

recommendation as to appropriate choice of action; counsel
(sometimes pl) formal notification of facts, esp when communicated from a distance

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.


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