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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [koun-suh l]
    • /ˈkaʊn səl/
    • /ˈkaʊn.səl.ɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [koun-suh l]
    • /ˈkaʊn səl/

Definitions of counselling word

  • uncountable noun counselling Counselling is advice which a therapist or other expert gives to someone about a particular problem. 3
  • noun counselling guidance offered by social workers, doctors, etc, to help a person resolve social or personal problems 3
  • noun plural counselling advice; opinion or instruction given in directing the judgment or conduct of another. 1
  • noun plural counselling interchange of opinions as to future procedure; consultation; deliberation. 1
  • noun plural counselling Law. (used with a singular or plural verb) the advocate or advocates engaged in the direction of a cause in court; a legal adviser or counselor: Is counsel for the defense present? 1
  • noun plural counselling deliberate purpose; plan; design. 1

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Origin of counselling

First appearance:

before 1175
One of the 8% oldest English words
1175-1225; (noun) Middle English counseil < Anglo-French cunseil, Old French conseil < Latin consilium “debate, advice, advisory body, plan,” equivalent to consil-, variant stem of consulere “to apply for advice” (see consult) + -ium -ium; (verb) < Anglo-French cunseiler (Old French conseillier) < Late Latin consiliāre, derivative of consilium

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Parts of speech for Counselling


counselling popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for counselling

noun counselling

  • therapy — the treatment of disease or disorders, as by some remedial, rehabilitating, or curative process: speech therapy.
  • psychotherapy — the treatment of psychological disorders or maladjustments by a professional technique, as psychoanalysis, group therapy, or behavioral therapy.
  • psychoanalysis — a systematic structure of theories concerning the relation of conscious and unconscious psychological processes.
  • analysis — Analysis is the process of considering something carefully or using statistical methods in order to understand it or explain it.
  • treatment — an act or manner of treating.

adjective counselling

  • advisory — An advisory group regularly gives suggestions and help to people or organizations, especially about a particular subject or area of activity.
  • admonitory — admonishing; warning
  • avuncular — An avuncular man or a man with avuncular behaviour is friendly and helpful towards someone younger.
  • conferring — to consult together; compare opinions; carry on a discussion or deliberation.

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