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Avise, Awise, Avice, n.1 Also: avis, avys, avyse, avyis(e, auis, auise, avese, awis, awys, awyse, awiis, awyis(e; avyce, awice, awyce. [ME. avis, avys (c 1300), avise, avyse, avice, etc., OF. avis. Cf. Advise n.]

1. Careful consideration; judgement or opinion; counsel or advice.(a) 1375 Barb. x. 269.
He knew … his gret wit and his avis
Ib. xix. 157.
Thé behufis … say thine avis
1456 Hay I. 192/24.
Touchand the quhilk debate thare is grete regarde and avis
1513 Doug. ii. i. 43.
Ane othir menȝe Quhilk bettir avys thar myndis set apon
Ib. xi. x. 57.
I sall schaw ȝow mine avys
1560 Rolland Seven S. 71/16.
But mair auise he closit thame
1598 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 233.
The principall and regentes … sall confere thair avyseis for the amendment of all disordouris
(b) c1450-2 Howlat 280.
To deme his awys
c1420 Ratis R. 788.
To thar awys thow may the trest
c1475 Wall. vi. 894.
With schort awys he maid ansuer
Ib. vii. 32.
With sad awys agayne to thaim he said
a1500 Bk. Chess 1363.
He suld with gret awys Treis … plant
Ib. 1468.
Be his awne awys
1526 Douglas Corr. 342.
My pure oponȝoune and awys
1551 Reg. Cupar A. II. 68.
With ane awys, consent, and assent
1588 Douglas Corr. 240.
That we mai haif ȝour awys and counsell
(c) 1513 Doug. xi. Prol. 38.
Fuyl hardynes … That vndertakis all perrellis but avice
Ib. vii. 116.
That mysteris not our avicis

b. Be (or to) mine (etc.) avise, in my opinion. ?1438 Alex. ii. 4985.
He hes despysit, to myne avyse, To mekill … prynces
a1500 Bk. Chess 97.
All was one to saye, be myne awys
1513 Doug. x. v. 175.
Hap helpis hardy men, be myne avys
1558-66 Glencarne in Knox I. 74.
Syne miracles [ȝe] mak, be ȝour avyse

2. a. Be (the) avise of, by, or in accordance with, the counsel or advice of.(a) 1442 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 307.
Be the avys of our Councal
1497 Dunferm. B. Rec. 77.
Tua men chosin be the avis of thaim
1500 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 84.
Be avyse, command, and ordinance of thame
1528 Chart. Crosraguel I. 87.
Be avis of men of law
1530 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 22.
Chosin ȝeirlie be the auise of the provest
1568 Misc. Spald. C. II. 109.
Be tlair presence and avyse
1573 Reg. Privy C. II. 228.
Be avyise of the commissionaris
1581 Burne Disput. a vij b.
Be thair auyse and requeist
(b) 1494 Treas. Acc. I. 245.
Be the awys of the Thesaurar
1496 Douglas Chart. 159.
Be the sycht and the awiis of Iohnne of Ogiluy
1513 Dunferm. B. Rec. 192.
Be the awis of the lord and the towne
1536 Prot. Bk. T. Johnson 20.
Be the awys of men of law
a1578 Pitsc. II. 113/25.
Decreitit be quene and counsall be his awyse
1598 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 233.
Be the awyse of the principall
(c) 1539 Glasgow Prot. IV. 119.
Be sycht and avice of the procuratouris fyschallis
1558 Rentale Dunkeld. 355.
Be awyce of the cheptour
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 291.
Be the avice of the Inglis ambassatouris
a1578 Pitsc. I. 8/9.
Be avyce of the heill nobillitie
1597 Grant Chart. 189.
Be the sicht and awyce off men off law

b. With (the) avise of, in the same sense.(a) 1456 Hay I. 81/7.
With avys of wys men of were
1471 Edinb. Chart. 133.
With the avis and deliuerance of oure Counsale
1474 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 29.
Witht avis of the dekin and the best of the craft
1513 Reg. Privy S. I. 388/2.
With avise of the queyn … and of the lordis of counsale
1555 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 219.
With avis of Sir W. M. maister of werk
1578 Glenartney Doc. MS.
With auise and consent of the lordis of our secreit counsale
1622-6 Bisset I. 122/2.
His maiestie witht avise of his estaitis
(b) 1487 Prestwick B. Rec. 31.
With awise of thare ourmane
1503 Reg. Cupar A. I. 255.
With awys of ws
1511 Dunferm. B. Rec. 178.
Witht the awys of the nychtbouris
1556 Carte Northberwic 73.
The said priores wytht awise of … hyr brotheyr [etc.]
1567 Liber Coll. Glasg. lxxxiij.
With awise and consent of our regent
1571 Peebles B. Rec. 327.
With awise of the communite

c. Similarly at or eftir the avise of. 1450 Reg. Episc. Brechin I. 151.
Eftir the awis of ane notable assise
1562 Rec. Earld. Orkney 117.
To be done at thair awys

3. Without, but, or by, the advise of, without or against the counsel or advice of.(1) 1450 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 14.
Without the avys and consent … of the worthiest of the craft
c 1489 Liber Aberbr. 264.
Without my lordis awyis
1555 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 224.
Without oure speciale avis and consent thairto
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 69.
Without the quenis awyise
1579 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 77.
Without his avys
c1615 Chron. Kings 42.
Without the awice of the wther
(2) 1546 Lynd. Trag. Card. 72.
But my awyse concludit wes no thyng
(3) 1538 Breadalbane Doc. (Reg. H.) No. 48.
He sall nocht agre … by Archibaldis awis thairto
1556 Edinb. B. Rec. 255.
By the avys or command of the towne
1547 Misc. Spald. C. V. 309.
To do nathing by the awys of the said oversmen

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