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Meaning of counsel

coun•sel

Pronunciation: (koun'sul), [key]
— n., pl. v., -sel -seled, -sel•ing -selled, -sel•ling.
—n.
  1. advice; opinion or instruction given in directing the judgment or conduct of another.
  2. interchange of opinions as to future procedure; consultation; deliberation.
  3. the advocate or advocates engaged in the direction of a cause in court; a legal adviser or counselor: Is counsel for the defense present?
  4. deliberate purpose; plan; design.
  5. one of the advisory declarations of Christ, considered by some Christians as not universally binding but as given for aid in attaining moral perfection.
  6. a private or secret opinion or purpose.
  7. wisdom; prudence.
  8. to conceal one's ideas or opinions; keep silent.
  9. to ask for or exchange advice, ideas, or opinions; deliberate; consult.
—v.t.
  1. to give advice to; advise.
  2. to urge the adoption of, as a course of action; recommend (a plan, policy, etc.): He counseled patience during the crisis.
—v.i.
  1. to give counsel or advice.
  2. to get or take counsel or advice.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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