• Billy Bull advising with Captain Talbot
    Billy Bull advising with Captain Talbot
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj advisable worthy of being recommended or suggested; prudent or wise "such action is neither necessary nor advisable","extreme caution is advisable","it is advisable to telephone first"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An etiquette writer of the 1840's advised, "Ladies may wipe their lips on the tablecloth, but not blow their noses on it."
    • Advisable Proper to be advised or to be done; expedient; prudent. "Some judge it advisable for a man to account with his heart every day."
    • Advisable Ready to receive advice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1860, 'Godey's Lady's Book' advised US women to cook tomatoes for at least 3 hours.
    • advisable Proper to be advised; prudent; expedient; proper to be done or practised.
    • advisable Open to or desirous of advice; capable of being influenced by advice.
    • advisable Synonyms Fit, desirable, wise, best.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Advisable that may be advised or recommended: prudent: expedient: open to advice
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  • John N. Mitchell
    John N. Mitchell
    “You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say.”
  • Sir Arthur Helps
    Sir Arthur Helps
    “The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be: am an attendant lord, one that will do to swell a progress, start a scene or two, advise the prince.”
  • John Ruskin
    “It is advisable that a person know at least three things, where they are, where they are going, and what they had best do under the circumstances.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “The world has suffered more from the ravages of ill-advised marriages than from virginity.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Long engagements give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which is never advisable.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. aviser, from advis or avis. See Advice.


In literature:

Before we take up the advisability of taking laxatives let us consider what foods will aid in combating constipation.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
He advised me to get in communication with Mr. J. H. Jones.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Even Atticus he thinks was timid, at the best, in advising his retirement.
"The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
For deep purples it may be advisable to repeat these treatments; for pale lilacs using them at half strength is advisable.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
They advised us, indeed, to postpone our departure till our father's arrival, or till we should hear from him.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
It is advisable to use flannel underwear winter and summer, light in summer and a medium weight in winter.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
It's lucky that we brought some food, as I advised.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
And now I'd advise you to have a look at the rules and regulations of the service.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
The doctor came to see Esdale frequently, and advised that he should be taken to a spare berth in the cabin, but the captain would not allow it.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
Pat advised me not to make the attempt.
"Snow Shoes and Canoes" by William H. G. Kingston

In poetry:

Until thy feet have trod the Road
Advise not wayside folk,
Nor till thy back has borne the Load
Break in upon the broke.
"The Comforters" by Rudyard Kipling
Yet oh! however your towering view
Above gross objects rises;
Whate'er refinements you pursue,
Hear, what a friend advises.
"To the Virtuosi" by William Shenstone
I therefore ev'ry one advise
To fear the Lord, if he is wise,
And always to obey him well,
Lest he shou'd be condemn'd to hell.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
"I should not thus be criticised
Had I a face of common wont:
Don't envy me - now, be advised!"
And, now I think of it, I don't!
"An Unfortunate Likeness" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Yet these the knight felt well advised,
He might have done without;
For lightly foreign help he prized
He was so staunch and stout.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
My Brethren, therefore, I advise
You, and each sinner that is wise,
Take warning (ere the day of death)
Or you will go to hell beneath.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren, (Part 2­), Or A Description Of Hell, An" by Rees Prichard

In news:

I am editor of America's oldest magazine for serious audiophiles, and I feel your support of the music industry's DAT anti-copy bill (HR-1384 and S-506) is ill-advised.
Farmers and the food industry are asking the Obama administration to ease coming federal guidance that will advise consumers to minimize their intake of dioxins , chemicals that may be harmful at certain levels.
I advise on how to create stand out brands via direct marketing.
Terrorists are about to strike, and according to the sweating, fleshy national security men advising Congress, a dirty bomb is in their grasp.
Firefox Advises Users to Disable McAfee Plugin.
Security firm Symantec is advising customers of its pcAnywhere to deactivate the remote desk software after individuals from the Anonymous hacker group allegedly stole the source code of the software.
Customers living in the area and on adjacent side streets are advised to check their water before drinking or doing laundry, and not to use hot water if their cold water is discolored .
But the firm (or "the Firm", as its employees like to call it) has a proud tradition of advising bosses both expertly and discreetly .
Advisers Describe Perot Disillusion .
Much of what brokers, financial advisers and even some investors pass off as fact about the stock market is bunk.
That's because Mr Sousanis, with the blessing of his advisers, is writing and drawing his dissertation about comics in comic-book form.
Distinguished physicist, astronomer, pure mathematician, arms control expert, government adviser, futurologist, environmentalist, humanitarian, and author—Freeman Dyson is a polymath well worthy of that description.
We received a letter from a company in Los Angeles advising us that showing the movie is an infringement of copyright.
An entity advised by UBS has purchased the land under the Sports Illustrated Building for $279 million.
Following a trip to his dentist, 73-year-old Klein considers his options after being advised that he needs tooth implants or a denture.

In science:

In the general case, it seems, therefore, advisable to define a dynamical system on a Hilbert module as a C0 –group of ternary automorphisms.
Generators of Dynamical Systems on Hilbert Modules
The process turns out to be both spatially homogeneous (the probability pk of jumping from a point xj to a point xj+k not depending on j ) and time-stationary (the pk not depending on n), as is advised when considering our Cauchy problem and the definition of the difference operators.
Discrete random walk models for space-time fractional diffusion
We would thus advise the reader to distinguish this notation from conventional notation of conditional probability.
Coverage Probability of Random Intervals
From this vantage point, it has to be regarded as an ill-advised scheme to take the large-n limit (and thus the saddle-point approximation leading to the bosonic replica NLσM) at an early stage of the calculation, as was done in31 .
Superbosonization formula and its application to random matrix theory
Since the statements in Section 3 are easy and classical we advise the reader to treat them as black boxes and continue directly to Section 4, which contains the novel ideas of the proof.
Mean-field conditions for percolation on finite graphs