Ad*vice" (?), n. [OE. avis, F.
avis; ? + OF. vis, fr. L. visum seemed, seen;
really p. p. of videre to see, so that vis meant that which
has seemed best. See Vision, and cf. Avise, Advise.]
1. An opinion recommended or offered, as worthy to be
We may give advice, but we can not give conduct.
2. Deliberate consideration; knowledge.
How shall I dote on her with more advice,
That thus without advice begin to love her?
3. Information or notice given; intelligence; as,
late advices from France; -- commonly in the plural.
☞ In commercial language, advice usually means information
communicated by letter; -- used chiefly in reference to drafts or bills of
exchange; as, a letter of advice. McElrath.
4. (Crim. Law) Counseling to perform a
specific illegal act. Wharton.
Advice boat, a vessel employed to carry dispatches
or to reconnoiter; a dispatch boat. -- To take
advice. (a) To accept advice.
(b) To consult with another or others.
Syn. -- Counsel; suggestion; recommendation; admonition;
exhortation; information; notice.