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Advisory can be used as either a noun or an adjective. As an adjective it has two meanings. For one, it can mean having the authority or capacity to advise, but not to make decisions. For example, if you have an advisory position in the government that means that you have been hired to or have been given the opportunity to give advice to the government, but you will likely be ignored as the politicians blindly follow their own agendas in pursuit of power.

Sticking with the adjectives, advisory can also mean that an action is recommended, but not required. For example, in the minds of jaywalkers, pedestrian traffic signals are suggestions, not obligatory. Obviously, we, I mean they are wrong about that.

As a noun, an advisory is an official announcement. Advisories are usually warnings of impending conditions, typically weather conditions, or changes to things, such as regulations.

The severity of situations that advisories warn about can vary from negligible to potentially catastrophic. For example, meteorologists might issue a weather advisory to warn of impending drizzle so you know to take an umbrella with you when you go out. Or it could warn of the storm of the millennia, which is expected to leave widespread apocalyptic devastation in its wake.

In the former case, an umbrella is all you need to stay comfortable. In the latter case, if you can’t find your umbrella immediately, don’t waste time looking for it. It won’t do you a damned bit of good. Instead, get as far away as fast as possible. On the way out of town, you might want to call your loved ones on your cell phone and say goodbye because it sound as though your chances of outrunning the store are not very good. Good luck.

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