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Advi'ce. n.s. [avis, advis, Fr. from adviso, low Latin.]

  1. Counsel; instruction: except that instruction implies superiority, and advice may be given by equals or inferiors.

    Break we our match up; and, by my advice,
    Let us impart what we have seen to-night,
    Unto young Hamlet.
    Shakesp. Hamlet.

    O troubled, weak and coward, as thou art!
    Without thy poor advice, the lab'ring heart
    To worse extremes with swifter steps would run;
    Not sav'd by virtue, yet by vice undone.
    Prior.

  2. Reflection; prudent consideration; as, he always acts with good advice.

    What he hath won, that he hath fortified:
    So hot a speed, with such advice dispos'd,
    Such temperate order, in so fierce a course,
    Doth want example.
    Shakesp. King John.

  3. Consultation; deliberation; with the particle with.

    Great princes, for the most part, taking advice with workmen, with no less cost, set their things together. Bacon's Ess.

  4. Intelligence; as, the merchants received advice of their loss. This sense is somewhat low, and chiefly commercial.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Shakespeare's Hamlet (60) · Shakespeare's King John (43) · Prior, Matthew (162)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Advice." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 29, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=15221.


  1. Dictionary error: The line in Hamlet should read “Break we our watch up…”

  2. Brandi on April 29th, 2014 at 9:23 am

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