- The exchange of opinions and advice especially in legal issues; consultation.
- 1549 March 16, Thomas Cranmer [et al.], compilers, “The Introites, Collectes, Epistles, and Gospels to be Used at the Celebracion of the Lordes Supper & Holy Communion, throughe the Yeare: With Proper Psalmes, and Lessons for Diuers Feastes and Dayes”, in The Booke of the Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacramentes, […], London: In officina Edowardi Whitchurche […], OCLC 56485293 ↗, folio viia, recto ↗:
- Bleſſed is that man that hath not walked in the counſaile of the vngodly: nor ſtand in the waye of ſynners, and hath not ſit in the ſeate of ſkornefull.
- Exercise of judgment; prudence.
- They all confess, therefore, in the working of that first cause, that counsel is used.
- Advice; guidance.
- c. 1590–1591, William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
- I like thy counsel; well hast thou advised.
- 1678, John Bunyan, “The Author’s Apology for His Book ↗”, in The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World, to That which is to Come: […], London: Printed for Nath[aniel] Ponder […], OCLC 228725984 ↗; reprinted in The Pilgrim’s Progress (The Noel Douglas Replicas), London: Noel Douglas, […], 1928, OCLC 5190338 ↗:
- This Book will make a Travailer of thee, / If by its Counſel thou wilt ruled be; / It will direct thee to the Holy Land, / If thou wilt its Directions understand: / Yea, it will make the ſloathful, active be; / The Blind alſo, delightful things to ſee.
- 1847, Alfred Tennyson, The Princess: A Medley, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 2024748 ↗, (
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- It was ill counsel had misled the girl.
- Deliberate purpose; design; intent; scheme; plan.
- (obsolete) A secret opinion or purpose; a private matter.
- thilke lord […] to whom no counsel may be hid
- A lawyer, as in Queen's Counsel (QC).
- See also Thesaurus:advice
- French: conseil, expertise
- German: Rat, Ratschlag
- Italian: consiglio
- Portuguese: conselho
- Russian: сове́т
- Spanish: consejo
counsel (counsels, present participle counselling; past and past participle counselled)
- (transitive) To give advice, especially professional advice, to (somebody).
- The lawyer counselled his client to remain silent.
- Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals counsel clients.
- (transitive) To recommend (a course of action).
- I would counsel prudence in this matter.
- See also Thesaurus:advise