ad·​ver·​tence ad-ˈvər-tᵊn(t)s How to pronounce advertence (audio)
: the action or process of adverting : attention

Examples of advertence in a Sentence

a greater advertence to the feelings of others is what that insensitive clod needs

Word History


Middle English, "attention, consciousness," borrowed from Middle French avertance, from avertent, present participle of avertir, advertir "to advert entry 1" + -ence, -ance -ence

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of advertence was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Advertence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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