Also found in: Thesaurus.


1. The quality or practice of being advertent; heedfulness.
2. The action of being attentive; attention or consideration.

[Middle English, from Old French advertance, from Medieval Latin advertentia, from Latin advertēns, advertent-, present participle of advertere, to turn toward; see adverse.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ədˈvɜːtəns) or


heedfulness or attentiveness
adˈvertent adj
adˈvertently adv
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ædˈvɜr tns)

1. the act of being advertent; heedfulness.
2. advertency.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.advertence - the process of being heedfuladvertence - the process of being heedful  
attentiveness, heed, paying attention, regard - paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people); "his attentiveness to her wishes"; "he spends without heed to the consequences"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
(118) Despite this expert's advertence to the report, the trial and appellate justices did not seem to consider the unproven state of bitemark identification, see infra notes 16667.
The office bearers also complained that the COA was directly engaging with the other members of the ICC "without advertence to the members or the office bearers", thus jeopardising BCCI's position in the sport's world body.
Therefore, advertence to the carrying capacity of this neighborhood and trying to enhance it can ensure the sustainability of this neighborhood in future.
It involves a level of contextual advertence that a simple
That is, is it not the case that many cases of negligence are cases of mistaken advertence, rather than complete inadvertence?
O, blind birdis and full of negligence, Unmyndfull of your awin prosperitie, good Lift up your sicht and tak gude advertence; eyes; heed Luke to the lint that growis on yone le.
Gadamer's advertence to Aristotle, therefore, can be seen as a corrective to this hyperintellectualism of Strauss, and his failure to recognize the compatibility--indeed, the very dependence--of our knowledge of moral reality on our historical effectedness.
The author emphasizes that this issue requires greater advertence and a new regulatory approach.
On Criddle's view, the requirement of advertence to the interests of persons affected by administrative discretion is suggestive of a fiduciary relationship with, and duty toward, such persons.
But Yost proposes that what Hopkins experienced was the need to "be ware" [= aware, vigilant] of everything--of the spiritual life, yes, but also of the natural world and of poetic technique: "In ascesis and in aesthetics, Hopkins was a paragon of 'attention, advertence, heed,' noticing and valuing what others did not" (p.