- 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.
- recommendation as to appropriate choice of action; counsel
- (sometimes plural) 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.