adviser

noun ad·vis·er \ əd-ˈvī-zər \
variants: or advisor
|Updated on: 17 Aug 2018

Definition of adviser

: someone who gives advice
  • a financial/investment adviser
  • She was not signing on as a domestic or foreign-policy adviser
  • —Peggy Noonan
  • In this meeting, Clifford, who had been a senior Truman aide and an adviser to Kennedy, used George Ball's memorandums in pleading that the war could not be won.
  • —Sidney Blumenthal
  • In December, she and her thesis advisor, Neal Evans, used the camera, attached to a 50-inch telescope, to look for infant stars in a giant molecular cloud in the constellation Orion.
  • —Andrew Chaikin
  • In a real sense, the emperor's astronomical ministers functioned like advisors in a modern president's cabinet, advising him on how best to conduct the affairs of state in a harmonious and effective manner.
  • —Laurence A. Marschall

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What's the Difference Between adviser and advisor?

Adviser or advisor? It doesn't matter what your computer's spellcheck tells you, adviser and advisor are both correct. Although there is enough overlap between these two words that they are generally considered simply to be different ways to spell the same word, there are some cases in which one tends to be used more often than the other. Some people feel that advisor is more formal, and it tends to be found more often when applied to official positions, such as an advisor to a president. When referring to someone who is serving in a military role, especially when using the term as a euphemism (as when claiming that troops are actually military advisers), then adviser is somewhat more common.

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